Dreams of awakened souls

Dreams of Awakened Souls

Piece description from the artist

The title is taken from a French proverb about hope. “Dream..” was created for a group show marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The exhibit featured artwork that looks at the tragedy and the character of hope in the 10 years following.

It depicts and abstracted “tree of life” rising from the ashes, symbolizing hope and the connectivity of the human community. The colors shade from an almost completely unsaturated mix of off-white and flat indigo, which turns to vibrant and uplifting pinks, greens, blues, and metallic, reflecting the buoyant character of home and community – even in the wake of tragedy.

There are subtle references to the particular place and iconic imagery of NYC’s WTC before and in the wake of 9/11. This iconography is transformed into a tapestry of vibrant organic shapes and floating colors as the image progresses upwards.

“Dreams …” is an attempt to pay a respectful homage to the heroes and victims of the 9/11 tragedy, while recognizing and celebrating the resilience and spirit of NYC ten years later.

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.

Her newsletter is a good source of ongoing information: http://eepurl.com/daiLQ

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