From 2010 Press Release: In the process of conservation of old, damaged, altered or dirty works of art, the conservator takes on the role of sleuth to determine what qualities about the work are original and what are not. To do this, one must also try to determine what the original intent of the artist was. This question is not always straightforward, as time can leave deep and sometimes indelible impressions. How do time and other factors affect easel paintings, and how is this different from murals and other types of artwork? How does a conservator determine what was originally there or what was the original intent? How does the conservator then try to bring the painting back? This talk will examine these issues, along with more technical conservation questions, with illustrations of numerous conservation projects undertaken by Elizabeth Mehlin, painting conservator.
Elizabeth Mehlin is the owner and chief conservator of Mehlin Conservation, a private painting and mural conservation studio founded in 2007 in Ipswich, MA. She has over fifteen years experience in painting and mural conservation, and has worked in conservation labs and on projects in Seattle WA, Anchorage AK, Washington, DC, Montreal, Quebec, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Elizabeth Mehlin has a Master’s Degree in Conservation of Paintings from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She has a BA in Art History from Williams College, Williamstown, MA. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and a member of AIC’s Collections Emergency Response Team. She also performs museum and collections evaluations for Heritage Preservation, a Federal agency in Washington DC for their Risk Evaluation and Planning Program and Conservation Assessment Program.
Funding for this program was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.