Regina Valluzzi

The Nerdly Painter - Science inspired abstract paintings and ink drawings

Art can illuminate even the most elusive and difficult to comprehend ideas.  Scientific imagery in particular can be impenetrable as well as intriguing and beautiful.   By distilling complex and deep scientific concepts through the lens of Art, powerful and beautiful ideas at the forefront of modern science can be made accessible to everyone.  

Scientists will often take raw data and process it through numerous layers of interpretation before presenting their findings to the world.  Layers of interpretation and distillation involving tacitly understood symbols and highly codified rules for graphics make scientific figures deeply informative to scientists trained to read them.   However in a very real sense, technical figures and illustrations contain more layers of oblique symbolism than the Religious paintings of the great pre-20th Century masters.  The symbolic contact of many technical figures can act as a visual “jargon”,  can making the imagery in a research paper impenetrable to laypeople.  As Visual jargon, scientific illustration conventions can also impede the communication of genuinely novel ideas.   Inventors and innovators often find themselves navigating a tangle of “this means exactly that” in their use of imagery to portray ideas.

Dr. Regina Valluzzi explores abstract scientific concepts through complex geometric paintings. Many of the subjects of her abstract drawings and paintings are taken from topics in Materials Science and Physics research. Soft Matter Physics and Biological Physics ideas are often seen, arising from Dr. Valluzzi's main area of research for many years. In addition to motifs and ideas drawn directly from molecular biology, biophysics, and nearby fields, her art often incorporates aspects of self-similarity, and elements from math and physics topics that have long held a fascination for her.


Reinvented Landscapes – Mixed Media and Light Manipulating Landscape and Seascape Paintings
There is a prevailing notion that sculpture, installation, and video media are active and interactive, while painting and 2-D wall mounted forms are static and passive.  Yet in the past 2-3 decades, there have been a number of advances in smart materials, responsive materials, and optically novel materials that can be incorporated into painting.  The acrylic painting system itself has undergone radical changes and advances in properties and potential since it first gained traction among Fine Artists in the mid twentieth Century.  These new materials and advances allow very different approaches to painting.   By using novel optical media, Dr. Regina Valluzzi has created paintings that are active and responsive to both viewer and environment.  Through experiments with the properties of different acrylic paint and media formulations she has added complex 3-dimensional textures to paint.  Using these experiments  she has also been able to create delicate layered patterns of color that are not achievable with a brush or palette knife.  
A number of these “paintings” approach landscape ideas using new ways of manipulating paint media. Grasses and stems created by pouring one liquid into another on the canvas, extrusion, diffusion, and textural ideas can all suggest and indicate landscape elements. These approaches create an image that isn’t put together quite the same way as a typical landscape.  The image is built up through paint interactions and bits of media standing in for objects, rather than as an illusion created by brush and palette knife marks.