Catty Cat, 2017
Leonard Suryajaya’s work explores the intricate and complicated layers of selfhood within the context of cultural background, intimacy, sexual preference, and personal displacement. Deeply and directly influenced by the cultural milieu of inter-ethnic relations in Indonesia, Leonard’s work challenges the role we play in our transnational, global world.
In Catty Cat, an installation specifically created for THE COLLECTION, Leonard relies on humor and play to invite the viewer to actively engage with the work. The lucky cat figurines, traditionally known to bring good luck to store owners and restaurants, knock the outside of the case as if demanding a favor in return for their ongoing generosity. The peculiarity of the cats, coupled with the abundance of carefully selected patterns, create a sense of both chaos and harmony, deconstructing perspective on balance and meaning.
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