Ariel Friedlander has lived with type one diabetes for nearly her entire life. But rather than focus purely on the negative surrounding her invisible illness, she saw the opportunity to spread education and empowerment through her art, and transformed into Daya Bee-Dee the drag queen. Her numbers are often based on concepts related to her arts and activist backgrounds, as she believes that the role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible. Daya has made appearances performing across the country, and has organized her own shows as well, including drag show fundraisers for Take Back The Night Ann Arbor.
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Ariel Friedlander has attended Cab Calloway School of the Arts and Stamps School of Art & Design at University of Michigan. Her work includes illustration, watercolor, ceramics, printmaking, and drawing.
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Friedlander’s photography can be described as
queer as f*ck! She mainly enjoys portraiture, as seen in
her “Queer As In” series, but can also be found photographing
protests such as Never Again Actions’ Boston demonstration in 2019.