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I am Doriana Diaz — sun kissed and spun of gold. My artistry explores cultural agency through various healing vessels and archival documentation of multigenerational black narratives. I am rooted in Philadelphia’s soulful rhythms. I create to come home to myself, to find new ways to fall in love with my bones, my blood, and my body because only I can honor the sacred stories that they hold. I create for my ancestors, those who have walked tireless journeys and parted the red sea for us to walk through with less weight on our spines. I am energized by their wildest dreams. Creating is a birthing process. My creations are my proof to the world that I have existed. It is my children and my children’s children’s inheritance. It is everything that is inside me begging to be born.