Piece description from the artist
I've been working on a series of ink drawings using drafting tools to combine very regular lines and shapes with my freehand fine line geometries. A simultaneous companion series takes those drawings, digitizes them and then uses digital tools to extend the capabilities of drawing as a technique. Mathematics of Allure is one of the works from that companion digital series. It is a large digital work based on a small drawing as a "launching point."In the real space drawing, white ink was used to inscribe phrases like "sexy sexy sexy drawing" onto a white background. These phrases were meant to be subtle or even subliminal, depending on how the drawing is viewed and presented. The abstract geometric drawing was constructed on top of the text. I have found that subliminals in drawings and paintings do tend to make them attractive. I've done the experiment numerous times at Art Festivals (ahhhh…. and now you know my little mad science secret)
In this digital work, some of the digital filters make that subtle text more visible, while at the same time a bit more difficult to read. The geometries and color layering really define the piece. Math and geometry ARE sexy. This piece really IS safe for work. It may just make people a bit more receptive to Abstract Art.
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