Public Talk by Dr. Brandi Lee MacDonald Thursday, Oct 6 at 7:30 pm
The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings
Organized and Circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art
Public Talk: Behind the Scenes of The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings
With Dr. Brandi Lee MacDonald
Thursday October 6 at 7:30pm
Open to the Public. Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested $5)
Brandi Lee MacDonald completed her PhD in Archaeological Science in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University in 2015, during which time she was also appointed as a Research Associate in the McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Her research is based on the analysis of mineral pigments used for rock art paintings and mortuary practices in the pre-contact Canadian Shield and Western Canada. Using techniques in physics and chemistry, she studies how people accessed, traded, and used mineral pigments in the deep past. She spends a great deal of time thinking about iron oxides, symbolic landscapes, and the monumentality of Canadian Shield granite. Her interest in analyzing paintings for The Unvarnished Truth project was sparked by the unique intersection of physics and art history. Brandi is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Missouri Nuclear Reactor where she continues archaeological science research on mineral and pigment use in hunter-gatherer societies.