Erika Sanada’s Odd Things

Erika Sanada’s work reflects the weird and the creepy; she is fascinated with the dark side. Odd Things is her current body of work and she uses ceramic for making bizarre creatures. They have extra body parts such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears.  She describes her work as “These are how I express my sensitive mind. There are two reasons I create misshapen and abnormal work. One is my bitter childhood and the second is my constant anxieties.” 

“When I was young, my friends ignored and bullied me. As a result, I stayed indoors and watched supernatural movies and animations. They helped me escape from reality and gave me power. These movies showed main characters using magic to turn others into freakish animals and insects. This transformation inspired me to make work that reflected the images that I saw in those movies and animations.”

The artist approached work as a type of therapy, turning her negative experiences and her struggles with anxiety into these fascinating pieces of art.

I have had an anxious personality since I was a child. I worry about everything, even tiny things. Anxiety drags my mind to the dark side, which is more powerful and intense than my bright side. Sometimes I can’t move forward because I am emotionally paralysed. I decided to go face-to-face with my anxieties by creating irregular and eerie creatures representing my dark side. As a result, these creatures show my twisted mind as I try to overcome anxiety through my creation.”

Find out more about Erika’s work in her portfolio and check out some of her beautiful pieces below.

odd dog

‘Itchy’ (11″ x 8″ x 9″)

odd bird

‘What Are You Looking At?’ (2″ x 2″ x 2″)

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‘See Me Now’ (7″ x 8″ x 5″)

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‘Peeling’ (21″ x 4″ x 6″)

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‘Opposite’ (5″ x 11″ x 3″)

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‘Devilish’ (3.5″ x 6″ x 5″)

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‘I Can’t Hear You’ (6″ x 3″ x 4″)

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‘Missed’ (2″ x 2″ x 4″)

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‘Crawl’ (4″ x 4″ x 2″)

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‘Suspicion’ (5″ x 3″ x 4″)

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‘Meeting’ (9″ x 6″ x 5″)

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‘My Turn (12″ x 6″ x 9″)

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