In honor of our Artopia Party tonight, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes in random order. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email [email protected] with the whos and whys.
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."
Dove integrates deep, personal layers into her work:
"Someone recently saw some of my work and called it 'psychological
masturbation.' I make art for selfish reasons, so I'm fine with that
description," she states.
Another one of Dove's innovative works, Zebra,
deals with the ritualistic and transformative ideals of the body and
includes photographs of a woman turned into the striped animal. The work
is ongoing and will be shown at Tomm El-Saieh during Saturday's
Art Walk. Dove hopes to continue showing more solo and collaborative work, and most of her work can be seen on her blog.
A collaborative performance series. I'm really excited about it.