bio & contact

the fact that my name is max, the fact that i use they/them and he/him pronouns, the fact that i grew up in tampa, florida, the fact that i went to college at vassar college in poughkeepsie, new york, the fact that i now live in a retrofitted van (really, really old cargo van, built by myself with the help of my dad) in berkeley, california (the bay area broadly), the fact that living in a van kinda sucks but so does paying rent, the fact that i've also lived in nyc, amsterdam, and lake tahoe, the fact that i disliked living in those 3 places but maybe because i was just really struggling with certain things during those times of my life, the fact that i've worked at a nature therapy camp for neurodivergent kids, the fact that i've worked as a program assistant at rikers island, the fact that i've worked as a ropes course guide and a cook, the fact thati love tie-dye but i don't really identify with a lot of new-age culture, the fact that i'm really astrology-averse, the fact that i think astrology is a really indirect, convoluted, immaterialist spirituality and vulnerability-workaround for talking about one's feelings, the fact that i also know that astrology is really popular in poc activist communities and i think i can simultaneously hold my respect for their practice, my aversion to the practice itself, as well as my association of astrology with white new-age escapism, the fact that i also dislike personality tests, Personality Tests Are the Astrology of the Office, Astrology in the Age of Uncertainty, Astrology Is Fake but It’s Probably Fine, The Astrologers Didn't Predict Coronavirus, Tarot cards: a tool of cold tricksters or wise therapists?, the fact that the best way to reach me is via instagram @yungleary, the fact that Emma Goldman said “if I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution,”

the fact that my academic and personal interests include:





the fact that through harm reduction efforts and drug policy studies I have explored:

the fact that my views/beliefs can be described as:

the fact that my artist statement is a work in progress and here are some things left out of the polished version:

the fact that my portfolio bio is a work in progress and here are some things left out of the published version:

the fact that there are so many things i want to do with my life, my time, the fact that if I'm left alone for too long i usually just end up wasting time on Instagram

the fact that i think i should collect client testimonials from my time working in mental healthcare: – “Please let your supervisors know that you have been incredibly invaluable to me. You have handled a really difficult situation with such grace and care. You are one in 1 million and deserve to be recognized for all that you do. It is people like you who make people like me in the situations that I am in feel like they are being seen and heard.” – Leslie – “Just a really good way of writing to people. Professional and human.” – Mike