16. Cat Dove

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."

The General
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

1. List five things that inspire you. 

-David Lynch
-The bittersweet
-Perfect composition
-The possibilities the future holds

2. What was your last big project? 


Zebra project, but it's ongoing. I'm sure it will be finished at some

point, but it will be after a lot more body paint, hair weave, and

blurry negatives. 

3. What's your next big project? 

A collaborative performance series. I'm really excited about it.  

4. Why do you do what you do? 

I have to. 

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you? 

Some collages from my Fresh Young Pussy

series will be shown at Tomm El-Saieh Presents (2014 NW Miami Ct., Miami.) this Saturday at the Art Walk. Some

other Miami artists will be showing some awesome work as well. Come by

and get it while it's good. 

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you? 

I'm not telling. 

The Creatives so far:

17. Campbell McGrath
18. Frances Trombly
19. Jose Mertz
20. Emma Trelles
21. Pablo Cano
22. Natasha Tsakos
23. Freegums

24. Aurora Natrix
25. Gean Moreno
26. Yaddyra Peralta
27. Barron Sherer

28. Brigid Baker
29. Daniel Fila
30. McLaine Oberhellmann
31. Fro Rojas
32. Annie Hollingsworth
33. Preston Allen
34. Cristina Molina
35. David Josef Tamargo
36. Jillian Mayer

37. Alfonso Vega
38. Natasha Lopez de Victoria
39. Aholsniffsglue

40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

100. Ingrid B

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