Regina Valluzzi

Regina Valluzzi

Waltham, MA, United States

About Regina Valluzzi

I am offering a selection of Abstracts and abstracted Science theme work on Saatchi. Please search for me online for my Landscape and Tree of Life bodies of work.

I often ask myself whether I'm a physical scientist who also paints, or a painter who has studied a bit too much physics and chemistry. Physics and Chemistry have become a big part of how I model and understand the world. I approach paint texture in terms of it's viscoelastic properties, and color in terms of pigments and their spectra. If you take a cadmium inorganic red and it's organic substitute, gently tweak them so they look almost identical in indirect daylight, will they behave differently in incandescent light? Sunlight? Late afternoon light? (controlled lab light?)

Unlike people, fruit, landscapes and other traditional painting subjects, technical ideas and objects don't have an "appearance" in any normal sense of imagery. They're imagined and depicted as visual ideas that guide us through complex phenomena. For example what do like bonds in molecules really look like? Or the quantum not-quite-existence of high vacuum-spawned subatomic particles? The softly dancing dynamic structures in complex fluids? What about "things" that are too small and too delicate for even the best electron microscopes (TEM - SEMs are toys)? I've found that many images scientists create serve as visual similes to data and hypotheses, and as visual metaphors for complex and often highly abstract concepts. These metaphors and their stylized interpretation inspire and guide my "abstract" work.

BS's in Humanities (Visual Art Minor) and Material Science, MIT 1989
PhD Polymer Science UMass Amherst 1997

Exhibition Highlights (juried, curated, competitive)
2012 Bridges Mathematical Art exhibit at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, Boston, MA (juried, international)
2012 "Glitz" National Group show, Annmarie Museum and Sculpture Garden, Solomons, MD
2012 Solo Shows at Crema in Harvard Square, Cambridge and Mullen, Boston
2012 Exhibited in "With the Other Eye", Portsmouth NH
2012 WGBH Winter Art Auction (juried)
2012 Solo Show, Curated by John Quatrale, Athan's Bakery, Brighton, MA

2011 "9x12" juried international group show, Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery, Budapest, curated by Beata Szechy
2011 "Identity", group exhibit, Brighton Allston Heritage Museum, curated by John Quatrale
"Appearances", Provincetown Green Arts festival, curated by Dorothy Palanza
2011 Still Point 3, juried international show, Still Point online Art Gallery
2011 "Artists in the Arboretum" group show, Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA (juried, regional)
2011 Paperworks Winners Show, juried international show, bjspoke gallery, Huntington, NY
2011 "Red", juried show, Inside Out Gallery Somerville, MA
2011 "Rising Above"Invitational group show at the West Side Arts Coalition NYC, NY
2011 SMART Science math and Art Festival, Los Alamos, NM (juried, international, Honorable mention)
2011 "Early Winter Show", the Gallery at 100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH (juried, regional)
2011 "Regeneration", regional juried show, Arlington, MA

Publications, Recognition 2011 & 2012
Diagram, Oddball, The Quotable, Palooka (portfolio Feature), Black Fox Review, Prick of the Spindle (Portfolio Feature and cover), cover of "Communitas", Featured in "Focus" the news magazine of the Mathematical Association of America
Honorable Mention at the Next Big Idea Science and Art Festival 2011, 2 Special Recognition awards in juried shows hosted by Light Space and Time 2011, ArtSlant Showcase winner 2011, Juror's Choice Attleboro art museum member's show 2012

Dr. Valluzzi has shown in several juried exhibitions, and her work is included in private collections in the US, UK, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Malta.

Education

Umass amherst '92 PhD
polymer science and engineering

Polytechnic University, ABD Master's program in Chemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology '89
Course 3 - Materials Science and Engineering

Course 21 - Humanities Art Minor

Northport High School '84

Exhibitions

Exhibition Highlights (juried, curated, competitive)
2012 Bridges Mathematical Art exhibit at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, Boston, MA (juried, international)
2012 "Glitz" National Group show, Annmarie Museum and Sculpture Garden, Solomons, MD
2012 Solo Shows at Crema in Harvard Square, Cambridge and Mullen, Boston
2012 Exhibited in "With the Other Eye", Portsmouth NH
2012 WGBH Winter Art Auction (juried)
2012 Solo Show, Curated by John Quatrale, Athan's Bakery, Brighton, MA

2011 "9x12" juried international group show, Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery, Budapest, curated by Beata Szechy
2011 "Identity", group exhibit, Brighton Allston Heritage Museum, curated by John Quatrale
"Appearances", Provincetown Green Arts festival, curated by Dorothy Palanza
2011 Still Point 3, juried international show, Still Point online Art Gallery
2011 “Artists in the Arboretum” group show, Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA (juried, regional)
2011 Paperworks Winners Show, juried international show, bjspoke gallery, Huntington, NY
2011 "Red", juried show, Inside Out Gallery Somerville, MA
2011 "Rising Above"Invitational group show at the West Side Arts Coalition NYC, NY
2011 SMART Science math and Art Festival, Los Alamos, NM (juried, international, Honorable mention)
2011 “Early Winter Show”, the Gallery at 100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH (juried, regional)
2011 “Regeneration”, regional juried show, Arlington, MA