Dirt, rainwater, animal tracks and more unusual elements can be found in Vivian Suter’s abstract paintings. To coincide with her exhibition we’ve invited Rachel Scott and Harriet Pearson from Tate’s conservation team to discuss the challenges of working with these unconventional paintings.
Since 1982, Vivian Suter has lived and worked in the tropical environment of Panajachel, Guatemala. After a severe storm flooded her studio and affected her works, she decided to embrace the influence of nature, intentionally leaving her paintings outside. This presents a unique challenge for Tate’s conservators, who are responsible for maintaining the good condition of the artworks and preserving them for the future.
This talk will provide a glimpse behind the scenes to show how the conservation process works, and the difficulties of working with unusual materials.