In the anthropomorphized sculptures of Seoul-based, Korean artist Do Young Jun, objects come alive.

But where his previous work focused on garbage transformed into animals, his current series personifies fruits, vegetables and nuts. The soil, clay and epoxy resins — sanded, casted, maybe with a bit of extra fiberglass or airbrushing — exhibit their own personalities and reflect micro-narratives: watermelon ninjas after battle, exhibitionist peapods, cruel monarch strawberries surveying their kingdom atop a cake. The craftsmanship and detail of his work lend his characters alertness and animation.While undeniably cute — reminiscent of anime, kawaii (the Japanese word meaning “lovable,” or “cute”) and a booming market of the toys most commonly collected by comics-loving adults — Jun has also revealed a political edge, citing GMO (genetically modified organism) awareness as a major concern. Additionally, he highlights violence and competition with his figurines; combined with their adorable appearance, it makes for darkly comical stuff.