queer, 20 year old artist based in Portland, OR.  contact: maxwickstrom@yahoo.com

artist statement:

To me, art is about creating empathy, vulnerability, and connection.  Through a wide and constantly evolving array of media, I make work about the strange loneliness of having a self in the world and the importance of holding onto curiosity, hope, and empathy.  Some of my main areas of interest are queerness, neuroscience, belief, the desire for self-transcendence, and the alienation we all feel in our hyper-capitalist society. I love to do research and find new ways to synthesize what I’ve learned with my personal experience, aiming to make art that is not just interesting, but beautiful and emotionally engaging, embracing absurdity and creating a surreal reflection of our world.