(via Odd Things: Erika Sanada Solo Exhibition | Modern Eden Gallery)

"My sculptural work explores my anxieties. Early childhood experiences  drove me to doubt my self-esteem, developing  into a state of  worry and distress. To cope with these emotions, my parents gave me a dog and he became a great companion. I use the imagery of dogs in my work to represent the joy in life. However, underlying that happiness, I incorporate odd features into my dogs like extra teeth or ears to symbolize those lingering anxieties. Much like myself, my work is struggling  to find a balance between joy and sorrow."

Check out AACU alumni Erika Sanada’s solo exhibition at Modern Eden (403 Francisco Street) now through September 6.