Archimedes chiral

Archimedes Chiral

Piece description from the artist

Archimedes Chiral (the original ink on paper drawing) is available through the G19 Gallery, Rockport, MA.

This piece was selected for a a juried show hosted by the "Bridges Math-art organization's": annual international January Joint Math Art meeting exhibition. It was on the cover of the exhibition catalogue, and featured again on the cover of the American mathematical Association's bimonthly magazine. Bridges Math Art is a group of mathematician artists from all over the world.

The title is a pun on the Archimedes Spiral, which is a 2 dimensional chiral object. In this case the black ink patterns overlaid on the spiral suggest differing chiral environments and entities interacting with the spiral path. Pigment ink felt tip fine point pen and prismacolor art marker on Strathmore “Windpower” recycled content acid fee drawing paper.

This piece was made with archival art marker on the reversed side of the drawing, layered heavily and allowed to seep through. This creates colored regions that retain their geometry, but gain texture and softness from the properties of ink spreading and diffusion. Darkening at the edges of many of the colored shapes creates the illusion of a fine line outline, yet shades softly into the shapes’ interiors. The “bleed through” color pattern is a perfect complement to drawn fine line traceries and soft stippled patterns.

Other works by Regina Valluzzi

About Regina Valluzzi

Waltham, MA

Dr. Regina Valluzzi has an extensive scientific background in nanotechnology and biophysics. She has been a scientist in the chemical industry, a green chemistry researcher, a research professor at the engineering school at Tufts, a start-up founder engaged in technology commercialization, and a start-up and commercialization consultant.

Even during periods of intense activity as a scientist, Dr. Valluzzi has always held a strong interest in the visual arts and in visual information. While she majored in Materials Science at MIT, she also obtained a second degree in music and a minor in visual studies. Visual arts have managed to permeate her technical work; during her Ph.D in Polymer Science and Engineering at UMass Amherst, she completed a thesis that required advanced electron microscopy, image analysis, and theoretical data modeling. These experiences provided the visual insight and information that now influences much of her artwork.

Dr. Valluzzi’s work has been included in private collections across the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Dubai and Malta, and in the corporate collection of "Seyfarth Shaw" Boston law offices around Boston. She has a selection of pieces on loan to the MIT Materials Science and Engineering Department as indoor public art. Her accomplishments include having published thirty articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, having made several scientific patents, having been a subject matter expert for an encyclopedia chapter, and having been invited to speak at science talks across the US, Europe, and Japan.

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