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Statement: Artists often depict themes drawn from our experiences of the world. As a practicing scientist I've created a large number of images for a scientific context: images that were themselves data, images of data, images as illustrations of data and hypotheses, and images serving as guides to complex concepts buit up from data and hypotheses. These technical images are very different from the illustrations and images of everdyay things. Rather than a direct depiction, technical images must often serve as visual similes to data and hypotheses, and as visual metaphors for complex and often highly abstract concepts.
Imagery as similes or metaphors for abstract technical concepts is incorporated into many of my paintings. Often my paintings are abstractions and impressions of things I've seen molecules do, or paintings with rhythmic patterns reminiscent and inspired by theoretical concepts underlying my experiments. Lately I've been exploring ideas of cooperativity and connectivity; emergent phenomena, percolation, and other ideas from contemporary Soft Matter Physics, Biocomplexity and Ecology, Nanoscience, and Particle Physics. My art will often take key elements of complex scientific ideas and alter their context to one of artistic expression. This allows the works to simultaneously comment on the emotional content of scientific experience, and on the scientist's relationship to imagery and representation of complex abstract concepts.
Short Bio Dr. Valluzzi holds BS's in Materials Science (3) and in Humanities (21.6 - Music composition) with a minor in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While Dr. Valluzzi is better known for her work in protein biophysics and bionanotechnology, she has always pursued her love of art. She studied painting at the Museum of Fine Arts Museum School in Boston while simultaneously pursuing her degrees at MIT. The balance of her artistic training has been self-taught, through experiments with paint and painting materials and various lessons from her father, who was also a painter.
A number of her original pieces have been sold into private collections (email for a listing), and she has shown in juried, non-juried, and ad-hoc shows for over two decades.
Shows and Exhibits
1989 Exhibit with Gerald McCarty at the MIT student Gallery
1989 Exhibited at the Newport Rhode Island Outdoor Art Festival
1990 Part of a juried group show sponsored by the Long Island Artists League
1992 Exhibited in the UMass Amherst graduate student lounge
2003 -2006 Artwork exhibited at Evolved Nanomaterial Sciences (on loan as corporate art)
2010 Exhibited in the Arlington Open Studios
2010 Exhibited in the Arlington, MA Jam N Java coffee shop, November 2010 through the end of December
2010 Exhibited in the Brighton Allston heritage Museum Indoor Arts Fair
2010 Exhibited in group show at the New School for Music, Cambridge, MA (juried, as part of a fundraising gala)
2010 'Woodshed group show', Woodshed gallery, Franklin, MA (juried)
2011 Melrose Arts Festival (juried)
2011 '9x12' group show, Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery, Budapest, curated by Beata Szechy
2011 'Identity' group show at the Brighton Allston Heritage Museum, curated by John Quatrale
2011 'Appearances' group show, part of the Provincetown Green Arts festival, curated by Dorothy Palanza
2011 'Images of Arlington' community Art show, sponsored by the Arlington Center for the Arts
2011 Keep a Child Alive, charity Art show and auction
2011 Still Point 3, juried group show, Still Point online Art Gallery
2011 Beacon Hill Art Walk
Represented by Turning Art, Member of the Arlington Center for the Arts
2010 Special Recognition for Edge of Eden in Landscape painting competition sponsored by the Light Space and Time Gallery online (http://www.lightspacetime.com/landscapes-exhibition-january-2011/)
2010 Interviewed on Cambridge Cable Television, by Danny Degug. The link to the recorded interview is here: http://www.blip.tv/file/4255617
2010 Drawing 'Gaia' Featured in Pink Panther Online Magazine http://www.calameo.com/read/00021430527b959ffb924
2010 Online - 4 works featured on the Redbubble Homepage, 1 work featured on the Fine Art America home page., Featured on the Women Artists page of the AROHO foundation, featured in Artist Quirk blog
Artwork in Private Collections New York
So many artists, so many landscapes and creative approaches to landscapes. Is there anything left to innovate? I've been approaching 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. At the same time these approaches create an image that isn't "put together" quite the same way as a typical landscape painting - even a contemporary style painting.