Artist finds the organic beauty in synthetic sculpturing

Bay Area artist Sandra Ono creates dense, evocative organic sculptures that often belie the synthetic materials (acrylic nails, balloons, puffy paint) with which they are made. Her show “Homeostasis” is on view through Saturday at Electric Works Gallery, 130 Eighth St., San Francisco.

How did you come to be inspired by such humble materials? I’m interested in consumer goods, and the micro and macro consequences of what we consume, how the little things can accumulate and have weight and gravity. I like using products that have touched the body and create organic shapes that refer back to the body. Materials are important, as well as other sources of inspiration that bring up internal themes that are not concrete.

What do you like about being an artist in the Bay Area? I think the community is really great, and tightly knit. I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people.

What are future themes or textures you are trying to tackle? I’m trying to branch out with materials and form. Right now, I’m working with sand and glue, paper towels, dental floss and more plastic grapes. The beginning is my favorite part of the process, when things are just starting, and everything is open.

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