December 1, 2018 - February 2, 2019

Amada Miller


An artist familiar with natural dye processes will concern themselves with essential elements, experimenting with materials that respond to temperature, absorption and time. Adopting observational qualities of a scientist, the artist experiments to achieve potential results, and responds to unexpected outcomes. Amada Miller delves into these origins and techniques, which takes her research deep into early civilizations—not only in terms of dye materials and traditions, but of other basic concepts like timekeeping and pondering our position in the universe—ideas which still preoccupy even our most eminent scientists with awe and astonishment.

Researching subjects ranging from Ancient Egyptian water clocks to what space smells like, Miller’s exhibition The Absurdity of the Fact of Us employs water, dye and scent as activators to investigate and observe natural processes on their own terms, relating them to the broader universe. This work pairs clay and dye, meteorites and silk; materials we might regard as extremes in relation to each other until we think about the actual sources that make them possible. Those origins might just be other-worldly, in the space dust that occasionally makes a visit to our planet, delivering carbon, water and other basic elements in its wake, visible as glorious, glowing tails in the sky.

Responding to research conducted by Miller, Kellen Stanley will be activating various scents throughout the evening.

A portion of this work was developed at the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien.


Amada Miller is an artist based in San Antonio, Texas. Her work has been exhibited at Agora Gallery, AP Art Lab, Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Capsule Gallery, Flight Gallery, French & Michigan, the McNay Art Museum, Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College and The University of Texas at San Antonio. She recently completed a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien via Blue Star Contemporary’s Berlin Residency program, where she worked closely with curators and research staff at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Future exhibitions include Blue Star Contemporary, Cinnabar, MASS Gallery, Useable Space (Milwaukee, WI) and Porcino (Berlin).

Image: Framing an Observable Universe, 2018
Moon breccia thin section viewed through polarized light, digitally printed on silk chiffon, free-standing wood frame


Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995. Located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a unique venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad. Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one month living in Ramirez’ former abode, exploring and interacting with the surrounding arts community. Sala/Casa hosts a wide variety of arts professionals in-between residencies including critics, curators, musicians, scholars and visual artists.

Sala Diaz is supported by H-E-B's Community Investment Program, The Flohr Family Foundation, The Lifschutz Foundation, The Smothers Foundation and numerous individuals including Mike Casey, Sonya Dawson, Lorena & Joel Dunlap, Nina Hassele, Chris Hill, Reagan Johns, Rick Liberto, Trish Marcus & the Ramirez Family, Brad Parman & Tim Seeliger, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Ethel Shipton & Nate Cassie, Don Thomas & Lara Flynn Boyle and The Family & Friends of Peter Zubiate.

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