Beijing artist Liu Xue has created a series of sculptures called “We Are the World” that combine realistic human forms with animals’ bodies. These hybrids create mythic beings that have both human emotions and animal qualities.
The sculptures are sometimes grotesque and sometimes pathetic—simultaneously human and animal. A particularly strange piece is an obese Buddha torso and head supported by frogish legs. Others depict emaciated people held up by thin chicken legs or elongated greyhound bodies. The human and animal bodies merge seamlessly, lending both a sense of fantasy and human suffering.