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Chinese artist Ju Duoqi recreates masterpieces with vegetables

07-22-2010 11:11 BJT

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Anyone for Da Vinci's Mona Lisa composed of Chinese cabbage, kelp, celery, tofu, pepper and potatoes? Or a last Supper, lovingly prepared with ginger, radish, tomato, mushrooms, bean curd, seaweed and rape?

A Chinese artist is taking the sensual side of food to its ultimate extreme, by recreating Western masterpieces out of vegetables and photographing the results.

Next let's see how the artist chops, slices and eats her representations of the old masters.

"La Liberte guidant le peuple", or Liberty Leading the People, is a painting by Eugene Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. It's also the inspiration of Chinese artist Ju Duoqi's "Liberty Leading the Vegetables".

Ju Duoqi and her work
Ju Duoqi and her work

Chinese cabbage, mushroom, potato, seaweed, radish and a bunch of wooden toothpicks, that's all she needs for breathing new life into ordinary vegetables.

Ju Duoqi said, "I pick two potatoes, a big one and a small one. There are some little pits on the small one, which can be seen as eyes and a nose. I see a vivid facial expression on it. With the help of lights, you will see it more clearly on the photo."

The different types, shapes and colors of vegetables, with a bit of rearranging, can make for a rich source of imagery. Fresh, withered, rotting, dried, pickled, boiled or fried - and all with a dash of digital manipulation - Ju presents a puzzling series of vegetable compositions representing world famous paintings, such as The Last Supper and Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, and Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait.

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