Piece description from the artist
The original Drawing is currently available through the Hudson Gallery in Gloucester, Massachusetts This drawing is more figurative than I usually go. After I started on the lines in the middle, they suggested the girl and the tree. Then when I tried shading in the girl (a little off register) the picture began to suggest a story about ideals and idealization as masks that we wear, sometimes by choice. Specifically the myths of women as the initiators of human awareness – of our very humanity – and how this world comes at the cost of our innocence. So here she is. The mythical woman pondering whether to take those steps into a wide and terrible world; the real woman pondering her identity and independence behind the weight of all that myth. Stay in the land of magic and beauty – always just out of reach and amorphous? Or move into the world of reality and at the same time help that world come into being?
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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