Jessica Basiak was born in 1991 in Cape Town. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Cape Town in 2013 and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. She then decided to make a radical change and pursue her love for art by enrolling for the Honours in Curatorship Programme offered by The Michaelis School of Fine Art. Combining these two interests, her focus is on conservation and restoration. Utilising analytical chemistry, she intends to explore the science behind painting through innovative technologies such as x-ray machines and micro-spectroscopic analysis. Through the use of these tools, she will investigate the composition of paintings and their aging processes on a molecular level, literally ‘peeling back’ the layers of pigment to investigate notions of how art can be viewed.