Piece description from the artist
Theories of Everything is a large digital artwork that uses a high resolution scan of an original ink drawing as a stepping off point. Digital filtering, scaling and other manipulations allow me to extend the capabilities of drawing. The drawing at the core of the piece also lends some of the texture and quirkiness of handmade work to the final amalgam. We always look for unifying theories – ideas that connect the dots and simplify our picture of reality. Often these theories arrive to replace an idea that has been reworked into extreme complexity, sparked by obtuse and complicated data – that suddenly make sense in the light of the new idea. Theories of Everything visually and metaphorically refers to these states and ideas – right on the cusp of a unifying theory. At the same time it contains visual references to data and data visualization from various areas of science working with Big Data and processing huge data streams.
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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