Paula Iazurlo, a restorer based in Rome, has an impressive resume. She was born in 1971 in Rome, where she graduated as a Cultural Heritage Restorer at the Central Institute of Restoration, specializing in pictorial artefacts, and later she further specialized in the Conservation of Stone artefacts and Architectural Finishes.
Restauration and Conservation
She then completed her studies with a degree in Literature at La Sapienza’s Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, in the Contemporary Art History Department, with an additional specialization in Medieval and Modern Art History. In 2002, alongside her freelance work, she started working for the Central Institute of Restoration, in the dedicated lab for Contemporary Art Materials, where she carries out conservation, research and teaching work. Since 2008 she also teaches stone artefacts restoration at Urbino’s Carlo Bo University, within the Cultural Heritage Conservation Department, while also teaching the on-site practices for mural paintings restoration at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of South Switzerland.
Among her most notable works is the one for Carla Accardi’s piece “Bianco e arancione”, which this restorer’s knowledge and skill was able to salvage with a new and innovative method: she built a special frame which, essentially, moves “adapting itself to the dimensional variations of cellulose acetate”, material employed by the artist. Contemporary artworks, more so than others, pose ever-new challenges to the restorer, requiring not only a great scientific knowledge in the field of materials, but also a great deal of experimental attitude: qualities which Paola Iazurlo surely owns.