Hyperrealistic Exteriors to Camouflage Food

Does the name Hikaru Cho ring a bell?  If the name doesn’t, maybe a sample of her work will. Yes, Cho is a Japanese hyperrealistic painter whose body painting’s job blows the minds of those who are watching. Actually she likes to play with perception in this series, entitled It’s Not What It Seems.


Cho can playfully make an object conceived as other than itself by painting the exterior. By using acrylic paints, she changes a tomato into an orange, a banana into a cucumber, and an egg into an eggplant.


The way she did it is first, she creates a illusory photos that document the camouflaged foods. And then she chops, peels or cracks open the foods to show the truth that what is concealed below the surface.


Learning from her piece, now we can conclude that an exposure to the outer layer can change our perceptions of reality. It’s true that when we look at something whose outer layer is green and has skin texture like a cucumber, then we expect that such a thing is a cucumber.