Piece description from the artist
Intracellular Diversion is an abstract drawing that plays with ideas in Biophysics and Biochemistry, especially ideas behind intracellular processes and structures. There are references to the overall structure of a cell (with a nucleus), to the amphiphilic molecules that comprise cell membranes, to DNA and it's role in regulation, and to other structures and phenomena. I've created many actual technical diagrams over the past decades, and the "look" of scientific data and illustration inform many of my drawings and paintings.
Created using archival art marker and black pigment ink using normal drawing and "bleed through" techniques. The original is on Strathmore acid-free recycled content "windpower" drawing paper.
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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