Photo credit: Unknown; 2013 SFMoMA 24 Hour Countdown

Gaia bless the visionary lawyer-scholar-activist Kimberlé Crenshaw for the word “intersectionality.”

I am a white, queer and genderqueer person, living openly with Alopecia Universalis since I was a teen, and with disabling chronic illness as an adult.

My work is nurtured by the wisdom of visible difference, queerness, chronic illness and struggle against the willful disassociative ignorance of whiteness.

I want to shout out that I did go to college, and though I didn’t major in art, I earned basically enough credits for a Studio Art minor. I have a BA in Comparative American Studies, with a focus in Identity & Diversity from Oberlin College. The formal and informal multi-disciplinary education I received at this wealthy liberal arts institution from my peers & professors (majority BIPOC, queer, & chronically ill women) taught me how to think. I hold that education close in my life & art: don’t dumb down complexity, speak truthfully, go deeper, and help others do the same as you are able.

I am a recipient of somatic based therapy for the last 10+ years. The focus on embodiment & investigation I learn from receiving somatic therapy grounds my approach to movement.

I began one-on-one study in Alexander Technique in 2018. AT has deepened my body knowledge greatly. I continue to self study during SIP.

Lastly, I grew up in a Greek immigrant community in New England. Greek & Greek Orthodox cultural traditions utilizing ritual, ceremony, trance, spirituality, iconography, and remembering history imbue my sense of performance.

The name ‘Dia Dear’ gives homage to my family history. ‘Dia’ is my given name, a shortened version of my full Greek name: Diamandia. ‘Dear’ is the sound of ‘Dia’ pronounced by someone with a thick Boston accent, namely my parents, caretakers, and extended family.