Awake in Reciprocal Space - ink drawing

Regina Valluzzi

Arlington, United States

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Sakura Micron Pigma felt tip ultrafine pen and Derwent linemaker fine line pens with archival pigment inks on acid free Strathmore series 400 drawing paper. Hand drawn with no computer involvement.

Templates and a compass were used in combination with freehand ultrafine details to create a unique aesthetic of interacting patterns, different length scales, and concentric circles, intersecting circles, embedded circles and lots of circles. 8×10 inches

As a Materials Scientist by training I’ve spent a good bit of time in reciprocal space. When I was doing a lot of diffraction and scattering combined with Fourier transform spectroscopies I would sometimes go to sleep with my head still in Reciprocal Space and wake disoriented from my night long adventures in dataland. This piece is partly a reference to those experiences.

By far the funniest and weirdest personal romp through reciprocal space was in a favorite comic from MIT days “The Legend of Fred” by Jim Brendt. One of the main characters became trapped in reciprocal space right about the time I started taking higher level classes using the same concept. The zaniness of the comic reflected the way many of us felt about classes like 3.13.

Ask me about my recurring electron microscopy in my kitchen dream …

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