Carien van Aubel and Olivia van Rooijen are both specialists in identifying plastics in art. Within the Project Plastics they developed an online identification tool resulting in workshops that enable anybody in charge of art collections in any discipline to identify plastics in their collection themselves.
Olivia van Rooijen
Chemist & Olympic Rower
Olivia van Rooijen (1988) completed her MA in Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. Her final research project resulted in a publication in Nature Communications. After finishing her studies she joined Project Plastics, a project coordinated by the SBMK and NICAS which focused on the identification of plastics in modern and contemporary artworks and design objects. She successfully combined her studies and the project with rowing at the highest international level.
Carien van Aubel
Chemist & Conservator in Modern and Contemporary Art
Carien van Aubel (1986) completed her postgraduate training in conservation at the University of Amsterdam, specialising in modern and contemporary art. Her research has focused on the identification of plastics used in artworks, and she has worked as a conservation researcher at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, developing a method for identifying plastics in museum collections without the use of analytical techniques. Next to her work as a project based conservator at Tate, she works freelance in The Netherlands and London and is part of the team of Julia Nagle Conservation Ltd.