São Paulo, SP, 1961
Leda participated in the phenomenon known as Generation 80, a group of new artists who received sudden recognition in the São Paulo art scene. Catunda was a pupil of Nelson Leirner and inherited his interest in “appropriating” objects. When using the objects as support for a very particular type of painting, both figurative and abstract, the artist combines these objects with traditionally female practices, such as sewing and embroidery.
Catunda prefers using objects that she had a connection with or that were familiar – such as the cover of the armchair from the dining room, the canvas of the parasol, and parents´ bedspread - refusing to allow these objects to be forgotten. The intrinsic characteristics of these supports are appropriated by Catunda lending her artworks the irregular shapes of these objects.