Screen Print

Portrait of a Young Girl  (20″ x 26″)

This screen print was mounted to a wood frame support that had a center cross brace. Severe acidic deterioration of the paper can be seen where the artwork came into direct contact with the wooden support system. Acids from the wood and exposure to excessive moisture had caused the print media to loose adhesion with the paper, and in turn, extensive loss of the image had occurred. The first step in treating this delicate piece was to consolidate the flaking media, as even the most gentlest breath of air passing over the surface would cause it to blow away. Once consolidated, the print was washed, de-acidified, lined with a Japanese tissue, and in-painted. The transformation is truly remarkable.