Patterns of the Universe

Piece description from the artist

The digital file for this image was upscaled from a scan of the original drawing. AI was used to create a larger and less noisy image of the drawing. Because AI learns typical and expected patterns, it does affect the details in a drawing (but so does photographing or scanning a drawing). Inked lines become sharper and flatter, messy edges are curved, and the paper texture in gray lines is replaced by surrealistic murals painted by gnats. If I had an army of trained painting gnats I would do this in physical media, but alas.

The image looks exactly like the drawing until you zoom in to see how the lines are made. Frankly this version works better as a large print than magnified ink lines would.

One thing about AI that others have noted is its tendency fabricate information. Some say it tells lies. In the Visual sphere, AI processing tends to fabricate visual information. It "makes up" details and brushstrokes, color bleeds and textures. Often these inventions are mappings of very common and typical ways of painting, just applied at unusual scales and in odd contexts.

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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.

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