Piece description from the artist
I’ve spent a lot of time illustrating technical concepts for publication. In these illustrations there is always a compromise between simply and accurately illustrating a difficult concept and the creation of a striking and beautiful image. For technical illustration accurate concept and simplicity take priority. There are, however, the illustrations of my dreams. In one sense there are the dreamlike qualities of the abstract images I paint. In another sense there are images that would only pass muster as technical illustrations in the lands of my wildest dreams. Percolation on a Lattice is an illustration of my dreams. Percolation in physics describes the point at which a bunch of clustered objects grow completely interconnected and inter-related. It’s an important concept in colloids and biophysics, but it pops up everywhere. This is how I dream of portraying that concept.
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