Josephine Johnson ’13 and Lindsay Koso ’15 practice a craft that is most successful when its results are invisible. As art conservators in training, their job is to subtly conserve a piece of art to its original appearance—bringing it back to life without adding to or subtracting from it.
“It’s a funny field that way,” said Koso. “The work that you’re doing is not supposed to be acknowledged. People are not supposed to be able to tell.”
“If someone can tell, you’ve done the wrong thing,” added Johnson.
Continuing conservation efforts that first began in 2011, Johnson and Koso have been working together for months to conserve two Italian blackamoor figures that had stood for years in the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library.