myplasticheart presents ‘Play’, an exhibit featuring new works by San Francisco based sculptors Erika Sanada and Calvin Ma. Both artists take on decidedly different approaches to the theme but are connected in the whimsical nature of the final outcome of their work. The pieces for this show represent their childhood experiences and the need to express and revisit emotions both good and bad. They each give their interpretations on the theme of ‘Play’ and what it means to them:
I create odd ceramic creatures that represent my fear, worry and anxieties. I’ve been worrying every little things since I was child. For example, I worried getting germs from door nob, bench, and other stuff, and I afraid of breaking relationship with my friends.. But now, I had kind of break though with my anxieties and I feel much better than before. So this new series, ‘Play’ represent I’m dealing with my fears and worries well. I made my ceramic puppies and birds playful and joyful, but still it has a little bit of bitter taste like my state of mind – Erika Sanada
My work for this show is a bit different from what I usually make and something I’ve been itching to do for a while. Toys and action figures were such a huge part of my childhood and memories of playing with them as a kid drives my passion for what I do now in the studio. The aesthetic of my work is heavily inspired by the whimsical nature of toys with a bit of gloominess to it. As a kid, you use your imagination and put yourself in the shoes of your favorite plastic hero and create adventures for them. With that in mind, I’ve put together a small series of my generic ceramic figures all dressed up in superhero costumes and they’re ready to play! – Calvin Ma
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday December 12th from 7-10pm. Both artists will be in attendance to chat and discuss their work. Exhibition runs through December 31st 2015.
New works by Erika Sanada and Calvin Ma
Opening Reception Saturday, December 12th 2015 7-10pm
Exhibition runs through December 31st 2015
myplasticheart toy store & gallery
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
About Erika Sanada
My work reflects the weird and the creepy; I am fascinated with the dark side. “Odd Things” is my current body of work and I use ceramic for making bizarre creatures. They have extra body parts such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears. These are how I express my sensitive mind. There are two reasons I create misshapen and abnormal work. One is my bitter childhood and the second is my constant anxieties.
When I was young, my friends ignored and bullied me. As a result, I stayed indoors and watched supernatural movies and animations. They helped me escape from reality and gave me power. These movies showed main characters using magic to turn others into freakish animals and insects. This transformation inspired me to make work that reflected the images that I saw in those movies and animations.
I have had an anxious personality since I was a child. I worry about everything, even tiny things. Anxiety drags my mind to the dark side, which is more powerful and intense than my bright side. Sometimes I can’t move forward because I am emotionally paralyzed. I decided to go face-to-face with my anxieties by creating irregular and eerie creatures representing my dark side. As a result, these creatures show my twisted mind as I try to overcome anxiety through my creation.
About Calvin Ma
I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, I face difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially. Even as a child I was reserved and apprehensive, so I turned to toys to keep me entertained. I believe the tactile activity of playing with them coupled with my active imagination helped establish this passion for the action figure early on. There was something about picking up your favorite hero or villain and creating stories and adventures that captivated me. It felt only natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through my artwork.
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