Trees, landscapes and Seascapes
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New materials and advances in Materials Science and Chemistry allow very different approaches to painting. New developments in acrylic have greatly expanded the range of expressive possibilities available to artists. For example, novel optical media enable paintings that are active and responsive to both viewer and environment when incorporated into Art. Dr. Valluzzi has used these advances to incorporate complex 3-dimensional textures and interesting and unexpected properties to paint. From delicate layered patterns of color that are not achievable with a brush or palette knife to three dimensional extruded lines, nanocoated pigments and active lenses her approach to Landscapes and image creation redefines and challenges ideas about painting in a subtle approachable manner.
Valluzzi’s approach to different media is also unique, experimental, and sensitive to the properties of her materials. In each of her “Reinvented Landscape” subjects, media are chosen with properties that somehow mirror the properties of landscape elements depicted. Thus mica, metal foil, glass lenses and retroreflective beads depict water, seafoam and sand in a seascape. Yet at the same time, their light manipulating properties allude to the reflective and refractive qualities of moving water. Stiffened string and paper depict the bark and branches of a tree while simultaneously calling attention to the way these materials entwine, layer and span space. These dichotomies between the appearance of mixed media in depiction of a scene and the active and dimensional properties inherent in the media create a dynamic tension between the “picture” created and the very structural elements involved in the process of creation.
Tree of Life Series 2
Because acrylic painting media come in a variety of thicknesses (or viscoelastic properties), there are several ways to create unique patterned glassy film. A combination of acrylic extrusion and liquid in liquid pouring techniques are used to create the complex, three dimensional, textural and often complex and subtle patterns and textures in the acrylic painting in Valluzzi’s works. In some instances, extruded films and tinted patterned paint and media are squeezed though a nozzle to create patterned three dimensional tubes, ribbons and lacy structures. Depending on the paint to media ratio the ribbons can be transparent and glassy, sheer, or opaque with a more “plasticy” look and feel. Valluzzi also uses poured layers to create thick glassy films with deep patterns of color and form embedded in the transparent dried acrylic. These novel painting techniques combine seamlessly with accomplished traditional brush and knifework and a very informed approach to mixed media to create works that are at once classic and contemporary, approachable and experimental.
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