Piece description from the artist
Archival art markers (Prismacolor and Winsor & Newton pigment markers) and pigmented felt tip pens (Sakura Micron Pigma and Derwent linemaker ultrafine felt tip pens) with metallic paint on acid free Strathmore Series 400 drawing paper.
When you have to understand a situation where there are a lot of particles or molecules or atoms all interacting and exerting force and influence on one another all of the individual interactions can become intractable. One way to address this problem is through simulation. Another is by selecting one particle or molecule to follow and averaging out all of the forces and interactions from all of the others into a field.
This is an artists depiction of that process, with some license taken of course. There are several sources of force and interaction, with emanating circles of influence starting to form averaged or mean conditions – a field. There are also numerous particles being acted on and in this case corralled along a path of motion ion that field. Variations in the particles and the breadth of the path suggest the statistical and not completely deterministic nature of that motion and of the filed action.
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