Sarah Biscarra Dilley (b. 1986, unceded Nisenan land) is a multidisciplinary artist, emerging scholar, and member of the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash tribe currently residing in xučyun/Oakland, the unceded homeland of the Chochenyo (Ohlone) people.
Her interdisciplinary process explores the spaces between the worlds; between grief and joy, between body and land, between words and meaning(s), across oceans and between waterways. Being raised in Chumash, Chicanx, and queer family traditions, between urban and rural environments, directly informs her understandings of embodiment and place as spatial, temporal and grounded in relationship. Anchored in the intention and practices of Indigenous resurgence, through contradiction, complexity and communion, she uses found footage, cut paper, archival material, handwork, language and thread to trace landscapes of resilience and shifting relationships of belonging, displacement, and home.
Her academic and visual work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Sites of engagement include: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, California Historical Society, University of California at Santa Barbara, SOMArts Cultural Center, First Peoples House at University of Victoria, Toronto Free Gallery, Open Engagement, Institute of Modern Art (Mianjin, Brisbane) and Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA).
While much of her foundations are shaped by body, land and the worlds in and around us, she began her undergraduate studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM), has a BA in Urban Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently pursuing a PhD in Native American Studies at University of California, Davis.
She is full of birds.