Sarah Biscarra Dilley (b. 1986, unceded Nisenan land) is a multidisciplinary artist and weaver currently residing in the unceded homeland of the Ohlone people.
Her interdisciplinary process explores the spaces between the worlds; between blood sickness and bloodlines, between grief and joy, between body and land. Being raised in Chumash, Chicano, 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.
She is a member of Black Salt Collective, whose liminal and ever-expanding body of work expresses a contemporary non-linear identity in which experience results in atmosphere. Her academic and visual work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Sites of engagement include: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Historical Society, University of California at Santa Barbara, SOMArts Cultural Center, First Peoples House at University of Victoria, California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, Toronto Free Gallery, Open Engagement, and Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (conferences at UC Davis/Sacramento and Washington D.C).
While much of her epistemological 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.