Maya Mackrandilal is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles. Her artwork currently strives to imagine radical futures for women of color solidarity and liberation. Her writing focuses on issues of diversity and labor within the art world. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She received her BA in Studio Art with a minor in English from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded an Auspaugh post-baccalaurate fellowship.

Her work has been recently shown at the Chicago Artists Coalition, THE MISSION, and The South Side Arts Incubator in Chicago as well as Smack Mellon and Abrons Art Center in New York. She is featured in Queering Contemporary Asian American Art, an anthology edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe. She is a founding member of FEMelanin, a woman of color identified theater collective based in Chicago. She also has an ongoing collaborative project titled #NewGlobalMatriarchy with the Chicago-based artist Stephanie Graham.

Her critical essays have appeared in 60 Inches from Center and MICE Magazine. She collaborates with the poet and researcher Eunsong Kim for essays that have appeared in The New Inquiry and contemptorary, among others. Her creative writing has appeared in Skin Deep, Drunken Boat, and is forthcoming in the collection Liminal Spaces Between Arrivals and Departures: Narratives of Migration from Women of the Guyanese Diaspora from Brill.

She tweets about art, politics, and culture @femme_couteau.

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