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Artist Paints Food to Look Exactly Like Other Food

Artist Paints Food to Look Exactly Like Other Food

In the world of Japanese artist Hikaro Cho, not all foods are as they seem. You can peel a cucumber with your bare hands…because it’s actually a banana. You can bite right into that orange, rind and all…because it’s actually a tomato. Be careful handling that eggplant…it’s actually an egg.

Cho—a 21-year-old artist who is currently a student at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo—has garnered some Internet attention for her wild-looking art of foods painted to look surprisingly like other foods. All the items above are real works: a banana meticulously painted to look as green and textured as a cucumber. A tomato that looks like it would fit in better with breakfast than in a sauce.

It’s a fun and unique way to look at the things we eat and think about how appearance shapes the way we perceive them. It would also be a fun way to prank a friend, though I’m not sure how heathy all that paint would be in their digestive system.

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