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My work addresses the vital and fleeting qualities of human contact. I use my body to investigate the possibility of immortality, the commemoration of touch, and the thresholds between others and myself. Examining common materials and universal gestures, I document the individual traces we leave behind and the indelible marks we leave upon each other.


German-born, Erika Diamond is a conceptual artist using sculpture, textile, and performance techniques. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Fiber from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her costumes have been commissioned by Charlotte Ballet. Residencies include Little Italy Peninsula Arts Center in Mount Holly, NC and McColl Center for Visual Art. She received a Regional Artist Project Grant in 2015 from the Arts & Science Council of NC. Diamond is currently Assistant Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft/Material Studies Department.

There are three deaths. The first when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, some time in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.

- Contemporary Philosopher David Eagleman