Odd Things: Erika Sanada's beautiful yet creepy ceramic sculptures of deformed animals

Sleepyhead Ceramic, cold finish 10" x 9" x 6" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

In her current body of work, Odd Things, artist Erika Sanada uses clay to create a whole host of bizarre creatures; ones with extra body parts, such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears.

"Clay allows me to create what's in my head," explains Erika. "These animals with their small deformities help me express my sensitive side. A troubled childhood and constant 'life' anxieties are all expressed in Odd Things.

"Beautiful and disturbing are terms I hear when people talk about my work and I love that these two terms are not often used together. Life is also beautiful and disturbing. My work reflects the weird and the creepy. I am fascinated with the dark side."

Image credit: Sleepyhead – ceramic, cold finish 10" x 9" x 6" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Chew Up Ceramic, cold finish 7"x11"x6.5" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Chew Up Ceramic, cold finish 7"x11"x6.5" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Chew Up Ceramic, cold finish 7"x11"x6.5" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Chew Up Ceramic, cold finish 7"x11"x6.5" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Cursed Raven Ceramic, cold finish 12" x 17" x 8" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Cursed Raven Ceramic, cold finish 12" x 17" x 8" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Cursed Raven Ceramic, cold finish 12" x 17" x 8" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Cursed Raven Ceramic, cold finish 12" x 17" x 8" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Shhh... Ceramic, cold finish 6" x 13" x 6" 2016 | © Erika Sanada

Shhh... Ceramic, cold finish 6" x 13" x 6" 2016 | © Erika Sanada

Shhh... Ceramic, cold finish 6" x 13" x 6" 2016 | © Erika Sanada

Shhh... Ceramic, cold finish 6" x 13" x 6" 2016 | © Erika Sanada

Shout Ceramic, cold finish 11" x 5" x 9" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Shout Ceramic, cold finish 11" x 5" x 9" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Shout Ceramic, cold finish 11" x 5" x 9" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Shout Ceramic, cold finish 11" x 5" x 9" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Sleepyhead Ceramic, cold finish 10" x 9" x 6" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Sleepyhead Ceramic, cold finish 10" x 9" x 6" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Togetherness  Ceramic, cold finish 7" x 5" x 4" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Togetherness Ceramic, cold finish 7" x 5" x 4" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Togetherness  Ceramic, cold finish 7" x 5" x 4" 2017 | © Erika Sanada

Togetherness Ceramic, cold finish 7" x 5" x 4" 2017 | © Erika Sanada