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This is Not a Cucumber.

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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What you’re looking at here may seem like food – and it is – but it’s not what you think. Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho is using her deft skill with a paintbrush to transform one food into another. Imagine picking up a tiny eggplant and suddenly breaking it like an egg, spilling its yolk all over the floor. That’s the reality she’s creating here.

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Cho’s work is one part spooky and two parts fun. She’s made a name for herself painting people’s bodies with believable illusions from zippers in their backs, to an insanely creepy second set of eyeballs and bizarrely beautiful makeup. It seems there are few things she can’t apply paint to and transform their appearance… if not their reality.

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In transforming what we see, Cho is helping us re-think everyday objects along with human form and nature. What if we did have electrical plugs in our backs? What if I could find a banana inside a cucumber? See the bizarre and thought provoking world she’s creating on her very cool website or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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