Sunny Leerasanthanah




Wuthichai (Exit Interview)
Homes Against Tides
Mom’s Magnets ︎
Towards Tenderness
Rehearsal Residency workshop
Carry Me Home
We Are Here Book
Chinatown Futures

︎ News ︎

︎︎︎2021 July | Awarded the Queens Council on the Arts’ 2021 New Work Grant for Wuthichai (Exit Interview)

︎︎︎2021 March | New work is up at SculptureCenter’s annual In Practice show, You may go but this will bring you back (2021)

︎︎︎ 2021 Feb | 40+ Artist portraits published in the book We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World by Jasmin Hernandez (2021)


rehearsal residency

November 10, 2018
Workshop on handwriting and Thai superstition

Participants’ feedback  - 001

Participants’ feedback  - 002

Participants’ feedback  - 003


1 I developed and guided a workshop on handwriting and Thai superstition during my time at rehearsal residency.

2 The workshop had a performative aspect which involved me weaving in a personal narrative through storytelling.

The personal narrative was based on things my mother taught me about how to practice handwriting with “good fortune”. The way you shape certain letters can indicate “leakage” of wealth, or the way you strike through your name can mean cursing youself to bad luck. Before the workshop, I consulted with her to confirm these beliefs of hers.

︎︎︎The purpose of storytelling was to mirror the act of passing superstition by word of mouth, something I experienced first-hand growing up. My mother made me practice writing my signature so that it would be “lucky”. 

3 My  mother’s superstition is not rare. In Thailand, belief in the occult or mystic has impressively thrived in the rapidly modernized country. 

︎︎︎ I highly recommend reading this essay by David Teh about Thai contemporary art: “Return To Sender” (Artforum, Feb 2019)

Workshop image - 001

Participants’ feedback  - 004

Workshop image - 002

Rehearsal Residency images