Jennifer studied forensic facial reconstruction sculpture in 2014 and 2016 under Karen T. Taylor, a leading expert in forensic facial sculpture in the U.S.
The training was provided at the Forensic Anthropology Centre at Texas State University, and involved learning how to recreate a facial approximation of a person in life from a skull.
This required intense study of facial anatomy which is also important to the practice of portrait sculpting. The skills that Jennifer developed during this highly specialised training are used in the areas of forensic crime and historical cases.
In 2016, Jennifer completed a facial reconstruction sculpture of an ancient Egyptian mummy for the University of Melbourne.
The completed reconstruction, along with a 3D print of the skull and the actual ancient mummified head, are on permanent display in the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Melbourne.
Further information about the ‘Meritamun’ project may be found at the following links:
ABC Radio National Article: Forensic Egyptology Mummy Returns
ABC Radio National Podcast: The Mummy Returns
University of Melbourne Pursuit Article: Brought to Life, 2000 Years Later
University of Melbourne YouTube Video: A face from the past: Restoring a mummy
TedxSydney Salon November 2016: How to be Faithful to a Face – Reconstructing an Egyptian Mummy