Odd encapsulations

Odd Encapsulations

Piece description from the artist

I've been working on a series of drawings that juxtapose freehand circles, lines and spaced patterns with circles, lines and shapes drawn using drafting templates (all hand-drawn ink on paper, with an actual pen in my actual hand, NOT "hand" drawn using digital stylus and a mouse). Each drawing evokes a different complex idea, usually STEM and nerdy. The series is titled "Idea Cycles" because of the cyclic nature of ideas. Many of the drawings evoke several very different concepts and phenomena simultaneously, because that's how I think (and that's how the math and physics behind science works).

This one is called Odd Encapsulations because the way the circles and other parts of the drawing interact and are structured makes me think of phospholipid vesicles, encapsulation approaches that mimic them, and the role of microenvironments and encapsulation in some origin of life theories and in the basic units of biological function.

That's a start, and you can use your own imagination and insights from there.

Other works by Regina Valluzzi

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.

Her newsletter is a good source of ongoing information: http://eepurl.com/daiLQ

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