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Whimsical yet thought-provoking puppeteer and visual and recording artist Miss Pussycat (aka Panacea Theriac) was born and raised in Antlers, Oklahoma. She began creating at an early age, inspired by her father's paintings and her time in her church's Christian Puppet Youth Ministry. After studying art in college, she moved to New Orleans, where she staged puppet shows in her house and ran the Pussycat Caverns, an underground nightclub. It was then that she met her creative and romantic partner, Quintron, with whom she began collaborating in the mid-'90s. Along with working on Quintron's music and concerts, she released several albums with her puppet band Flossie & the Unicorns (1996's Secret Mission, 1998's L M N O P, and 2003's The Animals' Clubhouse) and created films including 2005's Electric Swamp, which was released with Quintron's album from that year, Swamp Tech. Some of the puppet shows and videos she performed during the 2000s and 2010s included 2005's Caveman Caverns, 2012's The Mystery of Old Bathbath -- which featured the recurring characters Trixie and the Tree Trunks -- and 2013's Cookie Carnival Baking Contest, which was recorded at New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center during Miss Pussycat's art installation Anthropomorphizer. Two years later, an album of the same name collected the soundtracks to several of her puppet shows. ~ Heather Phares
'90s, '00s, '10s