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Art History Student Ashley West Gains Hands-on Experience in Art Conservation
Art History Student Ashley West Gains Hands-on Experience in Art Conservation

 

Art History undergraduate Ashley West is currently an intern at Cascadia Art Conservation Center. Under the supervision of object conservator Robert Krueger, her most recent project is repairing and restoring a broken Italian ceramic art plate. "Art conservation involves extensive art analysis as well as chemistry," says West. "To do the job well, you need some knowledge in chemistry to better understand the best way to restore and conserve art without infringing on the artist's craft and making the conservation process as reversible as you can in case a better method comes along in the future. I'm studying art conservation because I'm interested in the monumentality, history, and beauty of ancient art. Historical art is one of the best ways to visually educate people about our past and cultures, but despite being built to last, ancient art is still susceptible to destruction and erosion. This is why there is a need for art conservators, and I'm determined to do my part."