Piece description from the artist
I envision "Lost papers" as a way to depict the embodied spirit of the Big Dig – an ambitious monster accidentally devouring parts of Boston. And all those blueprints flying around in the breeze.
This painting is a variation on ways to combine the very graphic dark lines and jewel toned colors of some of my recent abstracts with the detailed clashing colors of my geometric color field inspired work.
A geometric pattern in dark tarry impasto lines suggests buildings and a city at a street level view with significant distortions in perspective. Washes of jewel toned color set off the linear pattern, but are offset to create clashing regions of space. Tiny squares bring the wash areas together while at the same time creating intense juxtapositions of color. The effect is sometimes harmonious, sometimes musical, and sometimes shocking and jarring reflecting the colors of street life. The title refers to the overall urban plan of the painting, the fact that plans on paper rarely predict the reality of the built environment (at least not in my city), and the idea of life on the edge of chaos as jarring yet invigorating.
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