Erika Sanada, “Dreamlike”
February 23rd – March 31st, 2019
Opening Reception: February 23rd, 6-8pm
Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present “Dreamlike”, a mini solo exhibition of new work by Tokyo born, now California based artist Erika Sanada. “Dreamlike” is Erika’s first mini solo show at the gallery and features a collection of six new ceramic works that serve as a visual exploration of the artists plaguing anxieties found amidst her dreams. Sanada is known for her candy colored sculptures of puppies playing, dreaming and interacting with other animal cohorts. The puppies represent Erika and perhaps the viewer, while the added animals represent notions of anxiety.
In this particular series, the canine’s prominent familiars are tiny birds that sprout out from the eyes and body. At first glance, these birds seemingly frolic and play innocently, but in fact, have the opposite effect, as the dogs faces and body’s stretch and tear to brace the strain of these symbolic critters. While these birds pull and rupture, new life is also born through evidence of germination and repair – strings to sew oneself back together are found along with leaves representing new growth and evolution.
Through her sculpture, Sanada cathartically confronts and copes with her own reoccurring anxieties while simultaneously connecting her audience through this universal affliction.
“My work usually reflects on the constant anxieties I face everyday. For this show in particular, I’m drawing inspiration from my dreams. I often remember dreams related to my anxieties vividly. In a way, they feel like nightmares, but also wonderfully bizarre dreams. It’s like seeing a glimpse the anxiety itself, so I feel like I’m coming face to face with them.”
ABOUT ERIKA SANADA
Erika Sanada is California based artist and her early inspirations stemmed from creatures and characters of dark films. Watching films were way of escaping from her bitter childhood. She creates hairless ceramic creatures and they are often adorable, but also has bizarre shape. Her artwork has been published in Hi-Fructose Magazine, Hey! Magazine and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.