I’m Madz and I created MAKluz Art and Photography as a way to display and showcase my artwork. Throughout my life, I’ve found comfort within the realms of music, art, photography, writing, and other creative outlets. As an undergraduate student, I am a psychology major who is double minoring in studio art and human sexuality. I use my art, photography, and writing as a way of self-expression. Throughout my artwork, I believe that my individual identities play a huge part. I identify as a non-binary, lesbian (they/them pronouns please!). I identify as having and struggling with multiple mental illnesses (including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder) and being an advocate for those also struggling. I identify as a feminist, an advocate for queer topics and mental health, and, as someone once said, “a soft hippie artist with a slight edge”. I am in love with the stars, the planets, the moon, the sun, the earth, the universe and living and loving. I love the human body and I think there is nothing more beautiful and complex. I believe censorship within the art world is wrong because art is inherently about expression and there is no artwork more common than a human body. I tend to see the world through my own lens (quite literally) and invite you to come along and look at things the way I see them. Eventually, my goal is to go into art therapy where I will be able to help people express themselves without having to verbalize how they feel. I believe people are simply human which leads me to another goal in life. I hope that one day I get the chance to use art therapy in a prison setting because I think it would be absolutely empowering to view the world as some incarcerated people do. I also believe that a reformation of the prison system needs to happen immediately. I’ve created this page because I think it’s time that I “show the world” my artwork as one of the incarcerated women in my inside-out college course inspired me to do. My artwork will be ever-changing and expanding because I am ever-changing and expanding with who I am. On this website, you will find not only artworks and photos that I have done but, also, poetry or other writing I’ve done as well. While I’ll be posting a lot of different types of artwork which may seem hectic, it’s all filled with passion. Feel free to reach out with questions or really for any reason. I’d love to chat. I hope you enjoy!