Piece description from the artist
Intersecting Orbits is a large ink drawing (for me). It is also very detailed. I've been finding my way forward with larger drawings that combine washes of ink and well-defined shapes using art marker (pigmented and archival alcohol dye-based markers) and then setting up a counterpoint using tiny finely detailed linework with ultrafine felt tip pens (also pigmented inks – archival). This one reminds me of some of the crazy patters you can get with diffraction in an electron microscope – especially with hard matter and highly crystalline samples. Inelastic effects and secondary scattering/diffraction create intricate patterns. Not exactly like this, but reminiscent. Unfortunately I studied Soft Matter, and the wonderful patterns always signaled contamination. Ahh well.
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