In the studio with Maya

We are excited to welcome Maya Campbell as our Artist in Residence for the next few weeks.
Maya’s work draws upon ancient traditions of mask-making, masquerade and ritual-based ceremonies, with a specific focus on interwoven practices within Britain, Nepal and the Caribbean, Maya engages in dialogue with these performative iterations of political resistance through object and image-based work, installations and video-performances that create space to explore the complex multiplicities within transcultural identity.

Meet Maya

Meet this artist:

What will you be working on during your time in the art’otel studio?

Throughout my time in the studio I’ll be working on several abstract paintings and a large-scale textiles piece, utilizing materials linked to the British Empire and ongoing colonial processes of extraction, touching on themes of nationhood and patriotism in the UK.

Talk us through your creative process?

I spend a lot of time in the ideation phase, researching historical and socio-political contexts that relate to the UK and collecting objects and materials I want to experiment with. This body of work grew from finding CAMP Chicory & Coffee essence in supermarkets after printing with it in a workshop, first produced in 1876 originally for military use by Paterson & Sons Ltd in Glasgow, with the label depicting Major General Sir Hector MacDonald being served by a Sikh soldier at the time of the British Raj. After a period of research, I tend to start making once I’ve decided on the form the work will take, but generally spend at least 6-months developing a few different pieces around a theme or focal point.

If you were a piece of artwork, what would you be?

The album Transcendence by Alice Coltrane!

Where can we see some of your pieces?

On my Instagram @mayajcampbell and on my website –

What are your favourite materials to use ?

I love using my Super 8 camera, it’s really small so you can take it everywhere!

What are your main sources of inspiration?

The human need for transformation and self-annihilation is at the core of my studio practice, and is a driving force within my work.

What’s your relationship between your art and your home ?

I have a small space to work in at home, so it’s largely a place for reading and working on smaller pieces, although recently I’ve been laying out sheets and testing out larger scale, messier pieces. My grandma’s artwork is all over my home, she makes masks inspired by Nepali folklore figures and Hindu deities, and these are an ever-present source of inspiration.

What sounds do you like to work to?

I tend to work in silence!


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