Rowan Renee (b. 1985, West Palm Beach, FL) is a Brooklyn-based artist who addresses complex issues of harm, accountability and stigma within the criminal legal system. Their work draws from their own personal experience as a victim of a crime that was never adjudicated, the child of an incarcerated parent and a member of the historically criminalized queer and transgender community. Through craft processes – loom-weaving, analog photography and kiln-fused glass – they use the labor of making as a way to reclaim the body and enact new pathways to healing.
Their work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Smack Mellon (2021), Five Myles (2021), Aperture Foundation (2017), and Pioneer Works (2015). In 2020, their project Between the Lines, supported by We, Women Photo, ran art workshops by correspondence with LGBTQ+ people currently incarcerated in Florida. Currently, they are the 2022 Artist-in-Residence at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.