Large or small, every work of art is different. It is the artwork itself, its unique combination of materials, history, and present condition that guides our choice in all materials and methods involved in conservation. Our goal is to clean and preserve what the artist originally created and intended.
Our approach to conservation is to introduce as little foreign material to the artwork as possible, thereby respecting and preserving the originality, the chemical make-up, and the aesthetic qualities of the work. We work with the philosophy that “less is more”.
This is the reason we repair and reuse original stretchers whenever possible. It is also the reason that “lining” is done only under extreme necessity. And of course, it means that all of the products that we use are of the highest quality available, are compatible, and completely reversible.
Much of Parma’s work is done “on-site” on murals in post offices, schools, churches, libraries, and private residences. We offer complete on-location services, including scaffolding, in order to provide the same high quality, museum-standard conservation that we provide in the laboratory.
At Parma, we take great pride in our work. We believe that our commitment to conservation is a great asset to your artwork.