Disclinations

Regina Valluzzi

Arlington, United States

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Archival ink on acid free paper, 11×14 in. Completely hand drawn (no digital tools) using a combination of freehand, ruler and compass and inking templates. Winsor and Newton archival pigmented art markers, Faber Castell pigmented brush tip markers, Sakura micron pigma ultrafine felt tip pigment ink pens, Derwent linemaker pigmented fineline pens and Copic pigmented fine line pens on RendR coated marker paper.

Disclinations are defects in liquid crystalline textures. The molecules that make liquid crystals are generally rigid and asymmetric, with one axis defining a “director” – the direction the molecule “points”. These directions can be mapped out in a liquid crystal using optical techniques (for example, ellipsometry). The maps are typically represented as patterns of parallel arrows or dashes that change direction and sometimes lose their orderly parallel direction in areas – called “disclinations”.

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