Piece description from the artist
Transduction is meant to suggest the molecular complexity of biosensing, and the transformation or transduction of a biochemical event into an signal that can be read by electronics, then further transduced into a processed electrical signal.
The biosensor nanotechnologies that I've personally imaged using electron microscopy have been neat and orderly arrays of particles or features. However those images don't zoom in close enough to see the molecular soup – no scanning electron microscope has that resolution (and there are other technical barriers having to do with radiation dosages as well). So in a sense, the painting is wildly inaccurate, mixing the macroscale, nanoscale, and picoscale, and including color outside the scale regime where color is possible. In a different sense it captures the essence of these complex and somewhat mysterious processes far better than my SEM images ever could.
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