Flow instability

Flow Instability

Piece description from the artist

An exploration of the fluid, gel, and paste properties of acrylics and acrylic media. the transparency of acrylic media, combined with a wide variety of viscoelastic properties allows flow phenomena to be frozen in and captured as part of a painting. In “Flow Instabilities” clear tar gel (Golden) was rough mixed with heavy bodied acrylic color, and then poured onto the canvas in linear patterns. The tar gel tends to form elongated strands as it flows, but strand formation is slow. By moving the container at different rates relative to the strand formation, the flow can be destabilized and broken. Destabilization and flow breaking cause periodic cellular patterns of paint within the clear film when it dries. Curious? Look up flow instability, periodic doubling, bifurcation.

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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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