Jessica Brown is a graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (2007), where she majored in intaglio printmaking. She went on to practise as an artist and illustrator, specialising in the reproduction of manuscripts, maps and drawings for the museum context, as well as managing a small print gallery in Cape Town. Her experience, initially tangential to the field of curatorship, prompted her particular interest in the conservation of collections.
Jessica recently joined the Archive and Public Culture Initiative as a Master’s candidate in the Fine Art programme. Her current research represents an attempt to explore the axiological facets and inherent tensions involved in the curatorship and conservation of a ‘University Collection’, with specific reference to the University of Cape Town (UCT) Permanent Works of Art Collection.