Feature

Doggone DeDe

November 1995

That "crazy chick who paints the flamingos" turns to a safer medium, but her message is no less unconventional

The name Dede LaRue sounds like some red-headed bubble dancer in a '40's burlesque show. And, in fact, there is something showbiz and glitzy aout the animal sculptures this Denver artist makes out of papier mache, paint, and plastic flowers. Her dogs, cats, horses, deer, and other creatures would make a spectacular performing-animal act.

LaRue loves and respects animals - especially dogs - and says she can relate to them better than human beings. "Animals are so wonderful and loving, so forgiving," she says. "There's an honesty about the. Even when a dog bites, there's always an understandable reason. Unlike People."