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Interphases and Grains

Piece description from the artist

Interphases and Grains is a sort of "artist's diagram". It performs quite a bit of the real work of diagramming a scientific phenomenon. Crystallites are depicted as colored (dense) areas that stack up upon one another. There are long squiggly lines and folded patterns sticking out of the "crystallite" areas, suggesting polymers and the chain folding conformational transition. The stippling surrounding everything suggests a complex fluid environment of solvent plus additives to aid and control structure formation. It is an "artist's diagram" because there are numerous aesthetic and creative choices made that do not follow the tacit rules of scientific diagramming and illustration. The result is a drawing that is illustrative of the scientific concepts yet evocative of the mystery and thrill of exploring the weirdness of the microscale and nanoscale. Art.

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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.

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