Expressions Poedua

Melanie Carlisle and Katherine Campbell, two paintings conservators at Te Papa Tongarewa, present at Expressions: Melanie came to Te Papa in 2008 after working in Australia at the National Gallery of Victoria. Katherine has been at Te Papa since 2005, with previous experience working with a private conservator in Golden Bay and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Both Melanie and Katherine gained their qualifications at the University of Canberra with a bachelor of Applied Science specialising in the Conservation of Cultural Materials.

Melanie and Katherine will discuss the new acquisition;

Melanie and Katherine will discuss the specialized practice of paintings conservation, illustrated by the treatment of Poedua.

Poedua (Poetua), daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles, painted by John Webber in 1785. The painting was acquired at the end of 2010 and after travelling to Wellington from London was placed on display to allow the public to see this important new acquisition. Early in the New Year the painting was brought to the paintings conservation lab to undergo technical examination and treatment. While the painting is structurally in very good condition for its age, the painting carries a discoloured varnish layer and a heavy soiling layer, obscuring the colours and tones of the artist’s intention.