16. Cat Dove

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16. Cat Dove

With a beautiful name like Cat Dove you would expect a girl who is interested in equally beautiful things. But the Miami artist is more into fusing the nice with the not so nice: "I think all my work has elements of the serenely beautiful and the insanely ugly, which I first observed growing up here," Dove says. Influenced by her environment and own psyche, Dove's work is expressed through photos, collage, and performance art. Since moving back from London, where she studied at the University of the Arts, her work has begun to incorporate all three mediums.

Miami itself is a significant factor in Dove's work. The artist

finds that the binary between ugly and beautiful is representative of the city's aesthetic. Dove's dumpster collaboration, The General,

conveys her infatuation with just that. Partnering with Kyle Chapman,

the two artists used epoxy and a variety of fabrics to transform one of

Miami's finest dumpsters into a structure containing more navy blue

fringe than most fabric stores.

Dove's idea of mixing beautiful and ugly

elements into her work also stems from the spontaneity found in her

surroundings explaining, "I love contrast in general. It's like

conversing with a beautiful girl who has a filthy mouth. It throws you

off a little. It's exciting. It's off kilter. It's what I love."

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