Interview with Horror Artist Susete Saraiva

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Susete Saraiva, a Toronto artist who specializes in creating miniature sculptures of some of the most iconic props and settings from all your favorite horror movies.

I discovered Susete and her artwork on Instagram and was immediately captivated by not only her beautiful sculptures, but her incredible attention to detail. Given the small stature of her pieces, it’s so impressive that she’s able to capture such a likeness to what is seen in the films. Keep reading to see what Susete has to say about herself and her work!

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To start, can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I’m basically a hermit that never leaves the house. Spending every waking moment dedicated to art and snuggling with my pets. In the last couple of years I’ve been focusing on creating miniature scenes from horror movies.

What is your background in art?

I’m completely self-taught.

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What influences you as an artist?

Mostly the horror genre. I’m fascinated with all things dark and twisted, it fuels my creativity. Although horror is my passion, I do draw inspiration from various facets such as the world of Disney.

How did you decide to make horror movies the focus of your art?

Being a long term collector of horror movie figures and other memorabilia, there were times when I’d be watching one of my favourite films and think to myself “I wish someone would make that for my collection.” So, I started making them.

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On average, how long does it take to complete a piece?

With no interruptions, 80 hours can easily be spent on a piece.

What has been your favorite piece to make so far?

That would have to be the Maitlands house from Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice is my all-time favourite film so the love runs deep. It was also my very first attempt at a miniature house.

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What is your best-selling piece?

The ‘REDRUM’ door from ‘The Shining.’

Can you tell us anything about any upcoming pieces you have planned?

Get ready for more horror houses!

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Thank you, Susete, for the insight into your beautiful artwork! You can follow Susete on Instagram at @monstresss and also shop her work on Etsy.