Maya Mackrandilal on Ana Mendieta

“We're looking for new narratives that counter this capitalist hyper-masculine approach. ”

ANA MENDIETA made art that hadn't be seen before...using nature, her body, feminine imagery and ritual. This was not your cheeky, chick art but new modern renderings! Ana's work was being celebrated... but she was undone by an all-too-familiar domestic tragedy. Maya Mackrandilal embraces Ana's life and art...it's what made her want to be an artist.


Maya Mackrandilal

Maya Mackrandilal is a mixed-race woman of color with global roots. Born in Washington, DC to a Guyanese mother of Indian, Chinese, and West African descent and Belgian father, she has lived in Côte d’Ivoire, Virginia, a small town in Iowa, and Chicago before settling with her partner in Los Angeles. As the child of a headstrong single mother and raised within a loving village of extended family and friends, Mackrandilal’s exposure to a multitude of worldviews and experiences has deeply influenced her practice as a multidisciplinary artist, writer, performance artist, and activist. She earned her BA in Studio Art with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded an Aunspaugh post-baccalaureate fellowship. She then went on to receive her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She has shown artwork and presented performances across the country, including the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Armory Center for Art, Threewalls, Abrons Art Center, and the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. She writes critical and personal essays as well as poetry and fiction, her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Inquiry, 60 Inches from Center, MICE Magazine, and Skin Deep.

You can learn more about her work at her website: mayamackrandilal.com

Featured Woman

Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendiata was born in Cuba., She and her sister were shipped to Dubuque, Iowa as young girls. She felt ripped from her Latin world. On an archeological dig in Mexico, she rediscovered her affinity to the Earth. Ana’s engagement, physically with feminine imagery, the natural world, her Latin roots, and ritual influenced her art. Her earth-body artwork was fiery, funereal, ephemeral and never seen before. Her photography is haunting. The Earth made her whole again. In NY, her exhibits were not to her liking. It is where she met and married fellow artist, Carl Andre. Her short-lived marriage ended tragically, when Ana fell to her death from her apartment in Greenwich Village. It is still considered questionable.Though gone, Ana’s work continues to inspire artists today. Connection, desire, she is beloved.