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Close to Me: Ceramics by Erika Sanada (August 3, 2021- October 24, 2021)

Erika Sanada is a California based ceramic artist who creates beautifully haunting creatures in relationships that are often sweet and sometimes sinister. As a perpetually worried soul her works are a way for the artist to confront the darker side of her nature as well as an outlet for the sensitivities etched on her personality through the bitter experiences of youth. She creates fantastical ceramic creatures that are often adorable, but also have a  curious shape.


From the Artist:


"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."



Instagram: @erikasculpture



Pictured Above: Drift, 2018, Erika Sanada. Ceramic with cold finish, 20 x 9x 6 in. 

Thumbnail Image: Courtship, 2018, Erika Sanada. Ceramic with cold finish, 9 x 5.5 x 5 in. 

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