Micheal Hooker (they/them) is a queer artist from Central Florida. They are a creative producer, researcher, performer, writer, and collaborator.
Grounded in embodiment practices used in art and therapy, Hooker’s work is influenced by relational participation and rituals that shape languages, cultural perspectives and worldviews. In an attempt to reflect these intersections, they primarily use the voice and body in live performances, film installations, and both literal and figurative mixed-media collages. Their practices often extend into the social sphere. This is exemplified in the founding of LSC: Writers & Performance Art Residency which amplifies and celebrates the work of underrepresented artists as well as their 2017 ‘solo’ exhibit, 100 Pitchers (OfHoney) at Cunsthaus Gallery in Tampa, Florida.
Trained in massage and polarity therapy, Hooker has taught at The Florida School of Massage and The Swedish Institute of Manhattan where they developed a pedagogic approach that integrates contemporary art into somatic therapy lesson plans. Hooker holds a Masters in Art and Public Policy from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and a bachelors in psychology from Goddard College.
They are currently working toward a PhD in Transformative Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies, conducting doctoral research surrounding embodiment, LGBTQIA+ utopias, transformative justice and somatic film studies.