Two works by the Portuguese artist Lourdes Castro, Caixa Alumínio (Lagostins) and Caixa Alumínio (Óculos), both from 1962, were studied and conserved. Both works are assemblages, made with found objects of metal, plastic, wood, glass, cardboard, and ceramic that are glued together and coated with aluminium paint. The works were analyzed to identify the materials present and to characterize the degradation processes occurring. The artist was interviewed and provided important information about the materials and techniques employed and thoughts on several possible intervention scenarios. It was concluded that the problems observed resulted from the presence of inherently unstable materials (such as cellulose nitrate) and from the mixing of incompatible materials. The use of chloroprene glue on ferrous alloys was found to be a "dangerous liaison", which should be monitored carefully. The conservation treatment, which included the replacement of a pair of eyeglasses of cellulose nitrate by a replica using 3D scanning and printing techniques, is described.
|Title of host publication||16th triennial|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2011|
|Event||ICOM-CC Triennieal Meeting - |
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …
|Conference||ICOM-CC Triennieal Meeting|
|Period||1/01/11 → …|