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These vegetables are not what they seem

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The tangerine is a tomato. The aubergine is an egg. It might sound like a surreal scene from The Matrix, but it's the amazing work of Japanese artist Hikaru Cho, who likes to play with perception in her work.

In her fun series 'It’s not what it seems', Cho has used acrylic paints to transform the outer layer of common foods to look like other common foods: a banana is turned into a cucumber, a tomato becomes a tangerine and an egg is transformed into an eggplant.

She first takes a photograph or her deceptive painted vegetable, and then peels, chops, or cracks open the foods to reveal the truth that is hidden below the surface.

Cho is known for challenging viewers and first impressions through her art. She has altered human faces and body parts by adding eyes to faces, painting a body to look like a stack of books and making the face appear cracked for a 'My Body, My Rights' campaign by Amnesty International.

Take a look at her disguised fruit and vegetable series below...

(Words: Sejal Kapadia, Images: Hikaru Cho)

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