Erika Sanada’s Beautifully Creepy Sculptures Of Mutant, Dream-like Animals

Erika Sanada is a Tokyo-born, San Franscico-based sculptor whose supernatural animal creations traverse the boundary between dream and nightmare. In many ways, her creatures seem soft and gentle — the colors are pale, the textures soft.

However, many are riddled with terrifying bodily anomalies: dogs with several rows of fangs, others writhing in agony and tearing at their own skin, and mutant birds bursting out of torsos and faces. The blank, dead eyes of the animals further add to their moral ambivalence; without the pupil — that center of consciousness — their eyes could be those of a gentle, all-seeing spirit, or of the soulless undead.

Whether it is their eyes, human-like skin, or abnormalities (some of the animals appear to be painfully conjoined to others), Sanada’s creations rattle with uneasiness; they are both endearing and unsettling in their suffering and strangeness.

In her Artist Statement, Sanada identifies her own experiences with anxiety as the source of her inspiration. “I worry about everything, even tiny things,” she writes.

“Anxiety drags my mind to the dark side, which is more powerful and intense than my bright side.” Instead of being paralyzed by such fears, Sanada decided to confront them by molding them into beautiful, hideous life; it is her way of gaining control over her anxiety — and indeed, in embracing her own darkness and transforming it into art.

Via Beautiful Decay (h/t: Hi-Fructose)

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Amazing Surreal And Glitchy Ceramic Artworks By Keiko Masumoto
Artist Alexandra Kehayoglou Creates Rugs Inspired by Argentina’s Diverse Landscape
Made by Bees: Slovak Artist Uses Honeybees to Sculpt a Wax Bust of Nefertiti
2020 Christmas Tree Ornaments That Are Actually Funny
Life-Size Crochet Sighting In Kyröskoski, Finland, Bet You Had To Look Twice!
This Bag Makes It Look Like You’re Carrying A Giant Goldfish
Artist Leaves His Paintings For People To Find After Getting Rejected By Art Galleries
Finally, 50 Of The Best Snowman Designs Ever
An Artist Creates Superb Steampunk Furniture Made From Real Metal Parts
Artists Recreate Van Gogh’s Iconic Bedroom And Put It For Rent On Airbnb
40 Designs That Are So Bad That It’s Hard To Believe Someone Came Up With Them
This Female Artist Creates A Superb Scary Face Paintings
Barbie Unveils 17 New Dolls That Pay Tribute To Famous Inspiring Women
Land Art By Tanya Preminger Will Make You Lose Your Balance
Miniature Artist Steve Casino Creates Insanely Tiny Portraits On Peanuts
Youmeng Liu Makes Realistic 3D Embroideries, And They Look Good Enough To Eat
Clever ‘Lose The Waterbeard’ Campaign By John Keatley
Brilliant Rude Cross Stitches by Katerina Lukashina
Cat Backpack That Looks Like a Real Live Cat
Deborah Simon’s ‘Flayed’ Bears Reflect On Human, Animal Relationships
Incredibly Detailed Miniaturized Rooms Meticulously Reconstruct Actual Film Sets
Japanese Designer Makes A 'Street Debaters' Tool, The Real Social Alternative To Begging
Intricately Crafted Marine Life Specimens Suspended in Glass
An Artist Has Created This Elegant Table Inspired By The Horse
Artist Makes Awesome Flat Cat Stair Runner Rug Inspired by "Tom and Jerry"
This Sculptural Coat Rack Design Was Inspired By Waltz Dancing
Summer 2020 Men’s Weird Fashion Collection: Skirts And Dresses!
Super Dad Turns Cars Meant For Kids Into Something Straight Out Of Mad Max
Plastic Beauty: LEGO Unveils New Flower Bouquet Collection
Mermaid Tights That Make It Look Like You’re Developing A Tail