Leda Catunda

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel | Galeria

Leda Catunda is one of the key figures of geração oitenta, the generation of artists that emerged in Brazil at the start of the ’80s. In contrast to the Brazilian Concretist tradition, which sought synthesis and rationality through geometrically constructed abstractions, Catunda and her colleagues produced works that reconnected with daily life—with its humble narratives, its organic forms, and its ironies. Catunda painted on cloth, saturating it with paint, applying other materials to it, and producing exuberant pictorial tapestries depicting animals, objects, and landscapes. In the ’90s she focused on the formal possibilities of her material, cutting pieces of fabric into various shapes and joining them with rings to framelike structures crossed by interwoven strips of canvas. Some of the cloths she painted, others she sewed and stuffed with more cloth.

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