Raynen is a trans, non-binary and queer-identifying artist, writer, and community worker. They are a settler living and working from unceded Gadigal lands. Raynen has a dance and movement practice as well as a background in visual arts and film (BA Film Studies, UNSW). Recently, they were Creative Producer for LA/Aus feature film Under My Skin, to be premiered with Raindance Film Festival. Their current writing and poetry can be found at Scum Mag, and in Red Room Poetry’s Writing Water: Rain, River, Reef Anthology (forthcoming). They have performed with Articulate Gallery Projects (‘PLATFORM 2018’), Performance Space and PACT (‘Queer Nu Werk’) among others and were part of Performance Space's Queer Development Program in 2018. In 2019, they took part as artist-writer in Deakin University/The University of Melbourne’s Unbuilding Multispecies Violence in Storied Place: Triptych Art-Academic Event. They have been a writer with Interlude Gallery’s Writers Program (2017) and have exhibited visual works (installation, small sculpture, mixed-media, drawing + painting) in various group shows and galleries. Some of these works have been displayed or exhibited under their former name.
Presently Raynen is employed with ACON as an LGBTIQA+ Peer Worker. In their personal time, they are in the process of co-founding a writing-based collective to speak to the political intersection of trans people with lived experience of eating disorders, and from a health (in)justices perspective. They hold a certificate in Mediation from the Resolution Institute and take lead from restorative processes and cultural and politicised somatics. Their movement training is currently based in Body Weather practice.