Erika Diamond | Crush Keep

Crush     Keep, Erika Diamond


Call for Materials:  Crush ~ Keep,

from Erika Diamond at Black Iris Gallery

Crush ~ Keep is a 3-part durational performance/installation/sound experiment in making a permanent and wearable record of the gallery space. The piece will grow from my interactions with others inside of the space between October 3rd (open studio & live music performance) and October 17th (exit performance & closing reception). I bring to the gallery: a growing catalog of my own missed connections; various fiber materials that will be found or donated by the Richmond community during the residency; and a series of personal encounters within the space.

In order to realize this project, I must ask for the aid and participation of people in Richmond – some known to me, some I have yet to meet. Below are ways in which you can participate:

  1. I am asking for donations of any unwanted fabric or anything that can be taken apart and used as fabric, ie: fabric scraps or yardage of any kind, old tablecloths, tiny items that can be sewn together, chair cushions, paper, yarn, yoga mats, curtains, etc. Essentially, if you have anything that you wish to discard, then I will likely find a way to incorporate it into this piece. We can arrange a time for pick-up or items can be dropped off at Black Iris Gallery at the following times:

October 1 (1-6pm), October 3 (12-8pm), October 8 (1-6pm) and October 10 (1-6pm) or by appointment.

  1. Please come and visit me at Black Iris at any time that is convenient for you. I would love for our shared time together to be a part of this experiment. We can talk about lost loves, belongings that have gone missing, the things we can have and the things we cannot keep. Audio or visual recordings from our interaction will be synthesized and woven into the fabric of this piece.

Eternally Grateful and Forever Yours,

Erika Diamond & Black Iris Gallery

321 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23223



Erika Diamond was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1978, the daughter of two ballet dancers. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and her MFA in Fiber from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Germany. She has been an artist in residence at Little Italy Peninsula Arts Center in Mount Holly, NC and twice at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Her costumes have been commissioned by Charlotte Ballet and exhibited in galleries in New York and North Carolina. Most recently she was a teaching assistant at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is currently Assistant Director for the Galleries of Chautauqua Institution.