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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.
Dr. Regina Valluzzi has a scientific background in nanotechnology and biophysics. She has been a scientist in the chemical industry, a research professor, a start-up founder, and a science-themed artist. She is primarily an autodidact, but had lessons in art and visual theory from a formally trained artist parent. She has become expert at finding art lessons in any activity involving visual information.
Dr. Valluzzi has always held a strong interest in the visual arts, allowing visual arts ideas to permeate her technical work and vice versa. She was educated in Materials Science at MIT, obtaining a second B.S. degree in music and a minor in visual studies. Her PhD thesis at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst requiring advanced microscopy, image analysis, and theoretical data modeling. These experiences provided the visual insights and experiences that inform much of her work as an artist.