This body of work explores pattern and printmaking in relation to fabric. By working with iridescent and translucent fabrics and screen-printing, I create multiple layers of moiré-patterned textiles fused to canvas.
A moiré pattern is a visually superimposed effect created when two identical patterns are overlaid and rotated a small degree from one another. Moiré patterns go virtually unnoticed despite their wide range of use. You can find them in halftone prints, digital screens, and pressed fabrics. However, they’re not always a desired effect. In digital imaging and photography, these patterns usually cause unwanted interference and in some cases render work unusable.
By exploring my personal environment, both natural and unnatural, I hope to create ways to blend the two aspects of this pattern together, its intended use versus its unwanted presence. As a printmaker, I strive to foster an awareness of a usually unnoticed and under appreciated pattern, while also creating a visually stunning and altogether disorienting experience.
Amada Miller is a painter and printmaker from Austin, Texas currently based in San Antonio. She is the founder and co-director of Hello Studio, an artist-run gallery and residency in the Blue Star Arts Complex. Miller has shown her work extensively throughout San Antonio including at The McNay Art Museum, Blue Star Contemporary, FL!GHT Gallery, Agora Gallery, R Space, AnArte Gallery, and Mayor Julian Castro’s office.