Ceramic sculptures of bizarre creatures by artist Erika Sanada inspired by her personal anxieties and bitter childhood. The animals have glowing white eyes and irregular, misshapen body parts which she describes as an expression of her sensitive mind. As a child, she was bullied and ignored by her friends which resulted in her staying indoors to escape reality. She watched a lot of supernatural movies which showed the characters using magic to turn others into freakish animals and this transformation inspired her current work.
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 paralyzed. 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.