Piece description from the artist
Breathe is Number 4 in my Tree of life series of acrylic-based mixed media paintings. It touches on the role of trees (and other plant life) in creating and maintaining a breathable atmosphere on our planet. The tree structure and symbol is used to represent a variety of interconnected interdependent structures, interactions and ideas. Nothing connects us as thoroughly and subtly as the thin layer of atmosphere we all share. In order to keep the feeling of the painting atmospheric and to portray the subtlety of shared air, the tree symbol coalesces out of many fine threads of extruded media. These threads wend curved, seemingly random paths through to the edges of the painting. Tiny glass beads were adhered to the extruded threads of media for a sparkling atmospheric effect. the background was painted using a water color and drip technique to create loosely defined and interconnected layers. this pattern is a reference to the layered structure and interchange of gases in the atmosphere.
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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