Bu Hua is one of the most distinctive creative figures to have emerged in China since 2000. Her position within the creative field is also unique. Bu Hua began working with animation in 2001, following the launch of a new computer technology known as “Flash”, and became an overnight sensation for her skills in story-telling. Bu Hua’s first animations were short stories about simple ideas and situations that can be described as commonly experienced in daily life, like love, loyalty, joy, and sorrow, resilience, confusion, and perseverance. Her films include familiar and alluring elements of traditional Chinese art. She is inspired by woodblock prints, which she updates with bold black outlines and bright colours of a modern graphic style.
Looking back over what is now the span of two short decades since her start with Flash animation in the early 2000s, Bu Hua has created a rich and complex world which is felt and understood by us all. The contrast between a surface that is, in her words, “very cute and very lovely”, and the seam of anxiety that lies underneath is one that speaks to all who care about the planet and wonder what the future will look like if we humans don’t change our ways.