Erika Sanada's early inspirations stemmed from creatures and characters of horror films. Watching these stories were a way for her to escape unpleasant realities during childhood. She creates intricate, hairless ceramic creatures—often adorable but also unsettling and bizarre. Her artwork has been published in Hi-Fructose Magazine, Hey! Magazine and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Sanada is represented by Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco where the artist currently lives and works.
My work reflects the weird and the creepy. I am fascinated with the dark side.
In my current body of work, “Odd Things,” I’m using the ceramic medium to create my bizarre creatures. My animals have something odd such as extra body parts, connecting with other animals, and white eyes. Clay allows me to create what’s in my head. These animals with their small deformities help me express my sensitive side. A troubled childhood and constant “life” anxieties are all expressed in “Odd Things.”
Beautiful and disturbing are terms I hear when people talk about my work and I love that these two terms are not often used together.
Life: beautiful and disturbing. - Erika Sanada