eliza myrie

diamond, diamond, graphite, 2014
paper, graphite, vinyl
dimensions variable

go/figure essay

diamond, diamond, graphite uses the 1967 discovery of a 601 carat diamond in Lesotho as the departure from which two materials: diamonds and graphite-both allotropes of carbon-are used to explore the allegorical possibilities of Ernestine Ramaboa, the diamonds discoverer. I make full page monochromes from a block of graphite that is being formed into a diamond structure in order to image Ramaboa and create a relationship between the material transferred onto the paper from the form and the final object in the process of its creation. diamond, diamond, graphite is both a sculptural artifact of my artistic labor and a vestige of the process that made it.