Erika Sanada

Tokyo / Japan

The ceramic sculptures of artist Erika Sadana are influenced by her fascination with the dark side, the disturbing and the eerie. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Sanada came into contact with sci-fi and horror movies as a teenager, which now inspire her to her bizarre creations. Her work can be found on her collaboration with URBAN NATION on Project M/14 in 2019. […]

Biography / Erika Sanada

The ceramic sculptures of artist Erika Sadana are influenced by her fascination with the dark side, the disturbing and the eerie. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Sanada came into contact with sci-fi and horror movies as a teenager, which now inspire her to her bizarre creations. Her work can be found on her collaboration with URBAN NATION on Project M/14 in 2019.

The creatures designed by Sanada often have additional body parts such as several arms or legs, too many teeth or ears, horns or antlers. By bringing these fantastic beasts to life, the sculptor expresses her own sensitive side. According to her own statement, in her art she processes her difficult childhood, which has led to constant anxieties. Her work combines the beautiful with the disturbing, two terms that are not often mentioned in the same context. Sanada has received several awards and has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions worldwide.