Originally trained as a graphic designer in South Africa in the early 90s, Diana Miller began her visual arts practice in Australia in 2007. Seven years on, with a move to the Byron Bay hinterland and two years of contemporary art studies under her belt, her practice and attitude towards making art has shifted into one that is now entirely process-driven.
Her practice is tactile, and grounded in the interplay between two and three-dimensional collage and shape-making. It is within the studio walls, surrounded by shapes and bits of painted paper, that unpremeditated forms are imagined and dialogues begin. Through collage, drawing and assemblage, images are created, broken apart and reconstructed; imitating the way in which we sometimes need to break down in order to be put back together again – much like a reassembling of the self. This process is a metaphor for the contradictions and ups and downs of life, whereby paper, wood, metal and paint become vessels for solidifying thoughts and feelings.
Derived mostly from organic and geometric abstractions revolving around themes of contradiction and duality, each discipline informs her final paintings; with numerous unresolved paintings lying beneath finished works. These layers add to the complexity and depth of the surface, much as we too, are constructed of multiple layers of physical flesh, emotion, trauma and memory.
Her work serendipitously gained recognition on Grand Designs Australia in 2013, when her shipping container home was featured on the show. She was awarded the Byron School of Arts Graduate Award for contemporary art studies in 2018. She has held 5 solo shows and participated in numerous group shows and Art Prizes across Australia. She has been awarded prizes in the c.a.s.e Postcard Show, The Little Things Art Prize at St Cloche in Sydney, The Rotary Art Spectacular and The Lethbridge 10000 in Brisbane, and was a finalist in the Clayton Utz Art Prize.