Oakland-based artist Jaime Lakatos' sculptures have risen from the ashes — quite literally. Lakatos imagines a dystopian world not far along on our trajectory of environmental destruction. She burns her hunting trophy-like busts of various animals until their surfaces become blackened and charred. Lakatos created this technique to portray her animals in a "confused state of cross-species evolution" in order to broach the topics of unchecked scientific progress and human expansion. Coming up at Empire 7 Studios in San Jose, Lakatos' solo show "Cinderscape" will debut a new series of sculptures, installations, and paintings on May 8.