Exhibition Statement from the Artist: My sculptural work explores my anxieties. Early childhood experiences drove me to doubt my self-esteem, developing into a state of worry and distress. To cope with these emotions, my parents gave me a dog and he became a great companion. I use the imagery of dogs in my work to represent the joy in life. However, underlying that happiness, I incorporate odd features into my dogs like extra teeth or ears to symbolize those lingering anxieties. Much like myself, my work is struggling to find a balance between joy and sorrow.
Erika Sanada was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Her early inspirations stemmed from creatures and characters of Horror films. In 2009, she received her BA in Communications and Design at Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo. After working as a commercial illustrator and a movie studio makeup artist, Erika arrived in San Francisco, where she received her MFA in sculpture. Since Sanada’s debut solo show at Modern Eden in 2013, her artwork has been published in Hi-Fructose Magazine, Bl!sss Magazine, and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine (upcoming).
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