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Mareike Opeña

Contemporary Conservation Ltd
Associate Conservator
New York, NY
Mareike Opeña joined Contemporary Conservation in 2010. She graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ Institute for Conservation Sciences in 2009 with an emphasis on paintings and sculptures. She wrote her thesis, "The Effects of Solvents on the Physical Properties of Polymeric Films" in collaboration with the Faculty of Chemistry at University of Krefeld, Germany.
Since joining Contemporary Conservation she has executed extensive research on materials such as intestines, polyester, and alabaster. One of her main interests is the interaction and roles of artists and conservators, as well as the documentation of such relationships. She has worked closely with artists such as Doris Salcedo, Rudolf Stingel and Ursula von Rydingsvard. During a Master Thesis in Modern and Contemporary Art Conservation in 2017, she reflected on conservation treatments of cross-cultural contemporary artworks. The thesis explored the potential of combining cultural anthropology with conservation ethic to investigate issues of culturally and biographically based differences in stakeholder's perceptions of meaning, historicity, and how these become tangible in a physical condition of an artwork.