Home to Move Ice Cream , 2018
Fiber Resin, 90.3 x 30 x 104 cm
About the artwork
Byu is a visual poet. His compositions are purposeful - the soft pastel colour schemes and arguably adorable subject matter seemingly reenact scenes from a preschool storybook coming to life. Here, the polar bears carry soft globules of pastel coloured ice creams, walking in a straight line with a purpose in mind. Byu's anthropomorphised creatures are a direct reflection of society, showing the adverse effects of global warming. The innocent imagery of the ice creams echoes the darker issues of melting icecaps, where polar bears are suffering from in real time. Through his playful imagery and benevolent oeuvre, Byu gently coaxes us into re-addressing the issues of global warming and environmental destruction, reminding us our role as caretakers of our planet.
About the artist
Byu is an excellent fable teller. His continuous "animal-human" motif is a metaphorical interpretation of modern society, that brings subjects that have been ignored or considered secondary into the foreground, and by doing so he expands the meaning of his visual language into reality. The meaning in his works of art are not predetermined or interpreted in one way, but their potential interpretations become abundant as the artist deals with the proposed issues in an approach to allow various experiences and interpretations based on the viewer's perception. Therefore, his fables are not just illustrating the pressing environmental crisis, but are also softly reminding us that we should take care of every corner of our life, and uphold the memory of animals and fauna that have vanished at the hands of our human actions.