We had the good fortune of connecting with Elisabetta Covizzi Perfetti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elisabetta, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Art conservation is closer to surgery than painting. En route to restoration, numerous diagnostic and research checkpoints must be reached before proceeding with the aesthetic components of the job. Conservators work side-by-side with scientists to ensure the intervention withstands the ages, allowing us to enjoy a unique intersection of art and science. Plus, conservators must be knowledgeable of all materials used by past artists from different time periods, as well as up to date on constantly evolving advancements in modern materials science. The image of someone calmly painting behind a magnifying light comprises only a small portion of our job.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
EC2art conservation is devoted to the preservation of works of art. I started the business a few years after relocating to Los Angeles from Italy, leaving behind years of connections and a known work environment. The works of art, ways of doing business, and approach to the field were different, and I knew I needed to be flexible in order to succeed. For the first few years, I worked on a variety of projects in order to assess the landscape. Eventually, demand started to grow and I decided to join forces with a fellow Italian conservator in Los Angeles to create a full service company. We not only specialize in the conservation and preservation of mural paintings, frescoes, canvas paintings, mosaic, sculptures and architectural surfaces, but we also offer maintenance planning, transportation, and packaging of artwork. Growing up in Italy, surrounded by art and constantly exposed to beauty, I was inspired by my surroundings to pursue restoration and conservation. My fascination with the concept of home during the Roman period led me to chose wall paintings with a focus on Fresco; Romans elevated the concept of “home” from being shelter to something that combined beauty, practicality, and functionality. In antiquity, many Roman houses were beautifully decorated with wall paintings, and visiting them as a child left a big impression on me. Since those formative impressions, I’ve treated a great amount of artworks from some of the most important Renaissance masters to unknown Gothic painters. Deciding to jump from Roman, Gothic and Renaissance wall paintings to more modern and contemporary artwork, like the ones I have the pleasure to treat here in the U.S., requires flexibility, a deep knowledge of different styles and materials, and an ability to constantly adapt, but I enjoy the challenge. The biggest thing I’ve learned since moving to Los Angeles is the importance of connections and developing long-running business relationships with valued collaborators. Moving is never easy, let alone when you leave a comfortable space to prove yourself somewhere else, but in my case, it’s proven to be rewarding.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Having devoted my life to art, all of my friends know that visiting me will definitely include some artistic landmarks and good food. I would definitely start with a trip to the Watts Towers – one of the absolute artistic treasures of Los Angeles – followed by a stop to the Getty Villa where just walking the grounds reminds me of my home country. From there, I would drive down PCH and stop at one of the many beautiful beaches for a drink at sunset. Another favorite of mine is the Broad Museum, home to a beautiful Basquiat collection and a mesmerizing Infinity Room by the legendary Yayoi Kusama. I would then take the Saturday morning Historic Walking – Art Deco tour ran by the Los Angeles Conservancy, and if you are my friend you know I love a good punk rock show. As far as food, the possibilities are endless. Being born and raised in Italy with a huge passion for cooking, I tend not to dine at Italian restaurants in foreign countries that much. My absolute favorite restaurant in LA has to be Mori Sushi, but I would also take friends to one of my many beloved traditional, family-owned Mexican or Thai spots.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I was fortunate enough to be raised by two amazing humans. My parents gave me the courage and strength to navigate life fearlessly, to follow my instincts and to always stand up for those who can’t. My family and friends are everything to me. When I moved to Los Angeles and I didn’t have a lot of connections in the local conservation sector, my friends Marlena Guidara and Klaus Hasmann were fundamental in helping me to put a foot in the door by taking me to art events and putting me in contact with art collectors. I will forever be thankful for their friendship and support.
Anna Negri Viola Perfetti