Amada Miller | Everything In Tune
- Exhibition Dates: August 29 – September 20, 2020
- Gallery hours: By appointment
Everything In Tune is a series of works drawn from data collected by NASA’s Apollo Missions. During these missions, astronauts placed seismometers on the moon and conducted experiments such as crash landing spent modules onto the lunar surface. These experiments led to the discovery of ‘moonquakes’, vibrations that resonated within the moon’s core for so long that scientists described this sensation as “the moon ringing like a bell.”
I imagine the moon with an atmosphere, each crater creating a vibration where sound waves could permeate through the molecules that make life possible on Earth. Small fragments of real iron meteorites are suspended inside of handblown silicate glass, mimicking materials found on the lunar surface (silica, iron). Everything In Tune represents our moon’s natural orchestra, the handbells are instruments as much as they are objects. Each gallery visitor will be invited to activate the bells, giving sound to a ‘moonquake’. Also on view are graphite rubbings made to look like close-up images of the moon taken by Apollo astronauts in orbit, and gunpowder-scented vessels made from the descriptions given by astronauts after smelling moon samples once back inside the lunar lander.
Amada Miller is a multi-disciplinary artist based in San Antonio, Texas. 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 for Naturkunde Berlin. Her work has been exhibited at Agora Gallery, AP Art Lab, Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Capsule Gallery, David Shelton Gallery, Flight Gallery, French & Michigan, the Galveston Art Center, MASS Gallery, the McNay Art Museum, Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College, Sala Diaz, Serious Topics, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, The University of Texas at San Antonio and Usable Space Milwaukee.