Mike Hooves is a prairie queer living in Calgary. They are an illustrator, animator, graphic designer, and filmmaker who has a Bachelor of Design in Illustration from ACAD. Within Mike’s work they explore what it means to exist as a femme inside and outside of the body through graphic color and shape. She believes that unpolished expression in art allows for genuine emotion to stay intact, and practices this in her art. When not painting, Mike is an enthusiastic birdwatcher and avid thrift shopper.