"Try and penetrate without limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernable concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything we can comprehend is my religion."
- Albert Einstein
Rae Diamond is an artist and educator living on Ohlone land (Oakland, CA), who weaves language, voice, breath and other sounds, movement, and things found outside into sensory experiences designed to stimulate attunement with nature. They founded and directed the Long Tone Choir 2013 - 2020, and continue to collaborate with musicians, Thingamajigs Performance Group and choreographer, Rachael Sharkland. Rae is the author of The Cantigee Oracle (North Atlantic Books), and the author/illustrator of floating bones (First Matter Press 9/16/23). She also teaches Qigong, and spends as much time as possible in nature.
As our species now faces problems that are beyond the bounds of logical solutions, I am devoted to creating work that cultivates faculties of the mind beyond the limits of logic and of the known. It is these compassionate and interconnected mind-states that stimulate ideas and actions that bring us into balance with our bodies, with each other, and with nature.
Values & Politics
I aim to inspire attunement with nature, environmental stewardship, receptivity, and kindness. These aims encompass all of my politics, which include Black Lives Matter, Indigenous rights, full spectrum gender equality, and the importance of being what we truly are, and letting others - humans, plants, animals, geographies, water, air, darkness, quiet, infinity, and all else - be what they are.