Gifs typically last just a few seconds, but they can tell an entire story within a brief moment. Artist Agatha Yu creates surreal gifs that visualize adventures and a childhood sense of imagination. Yu grew up in Australia, but spent part of her childhood in Japan and Hong Kong. Her varied, early life experiences shine through in her work as an adult, revealing her understanding for the human experience.
Rendered in her distinct, 3D pixelated style, each gif is simple, yet full of poetic depth. Some gifs explore two contrasting worlds, where the main character seems to be able to open up portals into alternative, fantastical realities. Yu tells My Modern Met, “They are mostly inspired by how I feel about our inner world in our creative minds.”
Yu’s use of color further visualizes the contrast between our inner and outer worlds. In one gif, the scene begins in a dark purple hue, as if the character is walking around at night. Then, a spotlight turns on from above, revealing a candy-pink landscape filled with surreal, biomorphic shapes.
Artist Agatha Yu creates surreal gifs that visualize fantastical adventures and childhood imagination.