I am an emerging Objects Conservator with a specialization in contemporary conservation based in Brooklyn, New York. At present I am working as a Graduate Intern at the Brooklyn Museum, supporting the staff in preparing works for exhibition and holistically caring for the museum’s encyclopedic collection. At the completion of this work-placement, I will graduate with a Masters of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC).
I believe in a value-based approach to conservation and aim to let interdisciplinary interpretation and work-defining sanctions shape my decision making. Practically, this takes the form of experiential learning, a commitment to reflexivity, and transparency in documentation. My practice is inspired by contemporary art conservation theory, but my approach traverses geography, date of creation, and intentionality.
I am actively researching interventive treatment options for 20th-century plastics, synthetics and semi-synthetics, and their relationship to conservation ethics. Three case studies include a pair of Christian Dior heels (1968/9), a Looney Tunes animation cel (1955), and a variable installation by Stella Waitzkin I am currently installing in Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection at the Brooklyn Museum.
To supplement my graduate studies, I participated in a collaborative partnership between the WUDPAC, Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA), and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) from 2018-2019. The focus of my research was Robert Rauschenberg’s metal paintings made on mirrored/reflective substrates from the 1980s and 90s. I continued this research at the University of Amsterdam where I assisted in the Interviews in Conservation Research project under the direction of Dr. Sanneke Stigter.
Within the field, I am passionate about community engagement, mentorship, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. At present, I am the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) Digital Media Co-Officer alongside Emma Hartman. In Fall 2019, we organized a webinar entitled, “Navigating the Workplace and Harnessing Community as an Emerging Conservation Professional: A Panel Discussion.” In Spring 2019, I will organize and moderate a webinar on the impact of climate change on cultural heritage preservation. Other outreach initiatives include creating teaching didactics for the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiques and Heritage with WUDPAC classmates, contributing to the Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists resources pages. More information about these efforts can be read here.
During my graduate-level training, I have worked, interned, or conducted research at the Brooklyn Museum, University of Amsterdam, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, WHRYTA Contemporary Art Conservation, and Cleveland Museum of Art. Select projects from these internships can be found at: interventive treatment projects, research projects, and Modern and Contemporary.
Before my graduate studies, I received my Bachelors of Arts and Associates of Arts at the University of South Florida and State College of Florida, respectively. I worked in conservation studios in Florida, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C in almost all conservation disciplines. In 2016, I began working as a Project Manager and Conservation Technician at Conservation Solutions, Inc. (CSI) a Washington, D.C. based firm specializing in the conservation-restoration of outdoor sculpture, architecture, and painted surfaces. I treated artifacts at the National Air and Space Museum, U.S. Library of Congress, Kennedy Space Center, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.