Maya is a community-taught interdisciplinary artist based in New Orleans. Her work gives voice to personal and collective histories through mythology and magical realism across mask-making, photography, film, writing, and more.
She believes in grotesque and under-nurtured lifeforms, in allegory as a powerful reflective force, in using magic to build resonance without re-traumatizing the humans at the center of recurring narratives. Her work is concerned with myth-making for a dying earth, romance amidst apocalypse, and human routine within a nonhuman landscape.
Maya's recent creature photography and mixed media art has been displayed at galleries such as the Southern Exposure gallery (San Francisco), Bark gallery (Berlin), and Staple Goods gallery (New Orleans). Her writing appears in publications such as Tilted House Review and Metal Hurlant.
She has had the pleasure of participating and learning from local programs such as New Orleans Film Festival’s Emerging Voices fellowship, and is a recent winner of South Pitch, where she received the Warner Brothers' Innovation Hub award for her feature length screenplay, “Flammable Water.”
As co-director of the film production collective Studio Lalala, Maya seeks to provide free studio space, equipment access, and film education for photographers and filmmakers of color. Through her work with Cooperation New Orleans, she helps organize the support of Black and Indigenous worker-owned cooperatives. Maya also serves on the editorial staff for the literature collective Tilted House.
Driven by a commitment to community and capturing the magic within the mundane, Maya’s upcoming projects include producing her original film, continuing an ongoing storytelling series focused on new mythology, and helping to organize an exhibition on the hidden cooperative histories of New Orleans.