The herald

The Herald

Piece description from the artist

The sight of trees starting to leaf out heralds the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. "The Herald" is one of my "tree of Life" paintings, and is in the second series of Tree of Life" works, focusing more on the emotional, social and psychological significance of trees and on networks of vegetation. It is in many ways a painting within a painting. The background landscape is boldly expressive and painted in a textured impasto style with grainy media, raking, wash effects and traditional painting. It could function alone as a compelling painting. In the foreground is a lone tree created by sculpting string and paper in layers using a special acrylic stiffening medium. The string and paper elements in the trunk and branches are wound and looped around each other. From far away the effect is a three dimensional textured tree. up close the illusion dissolves into a complex and fascinating tangle of knots, loops, materials and textures. The fiber media have a natural curvilinear quality which is echoes in painted branches and leaves, melding the background and foreground ideas.

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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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