Three nationalities on day three

We are beginning with a “Guten Morgen!”, go over to a “Takk for mat!” and finish with a “Na zdrowie!”

The stretcher 

Many tasks have already been done, and we are now completely involved in our work. We can report that the border on the self-made stretcher has arrived safely on the stage five metres away. Objects often need to be moved, but with a good team like ours it is not a problem. Everything is possible as long as you have a Norwegian man with tools and some ladies to manage the process.

Besides conserving the object, getting an overview of the problems is very important. For this reason, we investigate the scenery parts, and look for overpaintings, damages and try to figure out how they occurred. During investigation ones understanding of the object broadens. “Don`t evaluate a book after its cover” is also transferable to a painting. There is always more going on than what you can see with the naked eye. Some of the paintings hidden secrets are only visible under other light sources. Therefore, we checked “the hut” under Ultra-Violet light to uncover the truth. We found overpaintings fluorescing in an intensive violet and old tears fixed with glue as well as  other features shining in a nice blueish shade.

While some students investigated their objects others developed proposals for reversible conservation treatments. In a big family, there is always a poor little black sheep. In this case the problem child is scenery set-piece “tree 001”. While the paint support of the other stage scenery parts is textile, this one special tree is painted on cardboard. Currently, we are discussing and researching ideas for possible treatments. So, if you the reader hang on, you will find the solution to the riddle in a later blog.  

 

Consolidating the surface before moving the object

Consolidating the paint layer locally before moving the border

By Xenia Grabar and Louisa Liedel
Published Aug. 2, 2018 5:09 PM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2018 5:09 PM