Graduate Student Lecture: Maya Jay Varadaraj

Thursday, March 30, 5:15 p.m.6:00 p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S Wabash
Chicago, IL
United States


The lecture is about how objects define human behavior focusing on Maya's current project Khandayati. Khandayati, meaning “to break” in Sanskrit, is a visual statement that responds to the violence towards women in India. The project brings to light the tradition of wearing glass bangles as a gesture and an object that condones and normalizes the oppression of women. 

Maya Jay is an interdisciplinary designer. She grew up in South India where she was exposed to the richness of culture, art, and design through her family. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in apparel design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Maya has worked with renowned designers such as Vera Wang, Michael Kors, and Anna Sui. Maya’s work reflects her unique upbringing and culture by defining new perspectives to share with her audience.