In my personal work, I primarily utilize poetry, analog photography and experimental film to explore the nuances of my identity. While often embodying themes of intimacy, womanhood and afrofuturism, productive representation of people of color is the defining force behind everything I create.
The Fall 2018 window display designed and installed by Rraine for 826LA & Time Travel Mart. Food for Thought invites you into the dining room of a near-future home set in space. The Thanksgiving dinner spread is made entirely of books, comics, newspapers, and magazines written by or about people of color, as well as writing tools. She uses afrofuturism as a precedent for the meaning and aesthetic of this design.
A production still from Rraine’s undergraduate thesis film and directorial debut The Divine Femmunity on location in Kingston, Jamaica. The film has since been featured in the Local Art Series Exhibition: Visions of the Future in Miami, Florida and the Queer Woman of Color Film Festival in San Francisco, California.
A sample of Rraine’s analog photography in collage format using photos taken in the US, Jamaica and Spain.
A rendition of a painting from Faith Ringgold’s The Slave Rape Series for an Emerson College Scenic Painting final.
A medley of recollections by a few queer people of color whom are close to me answering the question: “Can you recall your first most significant sexual experience?”
(shot on 16mm, hand processed; edited digitally)
An experimental short film inspired by the poem Her Blue Body Full Of Light by Warsan Shire for the 2018 Horowitz Poetry Contest.
(DV tape, black and white 35mm, and 2D animation)
A visual portfolio of the phenomenal work of Boston hair stylist Joselyn “Jawz” Ortega.