A general overview about my procedures in Object Conservation I gave last time in my blog article: Object Conservation. Here I want to share more details in further projects that I’ve done in Taiwan and in Germany, where I could learn about SEA art and worked on SEA objects.
2006 I made a cross cultural training in Taiwan. I spent the summer semester in the Tainan National University of the Arts in the Institute of Conservation, Department of wooden Objects. The University collaborated at the time with the Tainan National History Museum were the conservation department could help the museum to investigate and conserve wooden sculptures for the new exhibition.
Two of the wooden sculptures were investigated and conserved by me. Here you can see a few pictures from the documentation record.
The first statue was a Guan Yin statue:
A Taoist god sculpture known as “po xia” was the second project:
Interesting was the fact that the shape of the sculpture was modeled with a thick paste of cotton fibers and a mineral filler and over painted with thick layers of lacquer.
Furthermore and perhaps the more valuable from this 6 months internship was the exchange with my peers. As me, most of the students also had an artisan background before they decided to study heritage conservation. So I could learn about traditional techniques like urushi and tung oil lacquers, wood types used in art and could gain a few insides of the problematic of conservation practices and materials in tropical environments, like in SEA.
Though the object of my thesis was not from SEA but from Japan I could use the knowledge there. It was about the investigation and conservation of a Zen Buddhist monk robe of the 18th century in the former Ethnological Museum of Munich, today known as Museum Five Continents.
Here you can find some pictures from my conservation report:
After graduation I worked as a freelancer in the Museum where I also investigated and conserved a Buddha Statue from Burma.
Between my projects in the Bavarian State Office for Heritage Conservation I worked as freelancer for private persons, collectors and galleries. Here a view pictures from projects with SEA background:
Maintanance, cleaning and consulting in preventive conservation matters:
These is a selection of my works with SEA background. I hope you liked it. I look forward to work here in Singapore, in the middle of SEA.