A 21-year-old Chinese national living in Japan has attracted widespread interest with provocative paintings displayed on human bodies. Jeanne Yurman reports.
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All is not what it seems when you witness 21-year-old Hikaro Cho's surreal art. Her canvas: the human body. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) MUSASHINO ART UNIVERSITY STUDENT, HIKARU CHO, SAYING: "It all began when I wanted to paint something at home and I looked around for something to paint on. I couldn't be bothered to look hard so I used my hand and painted an eye on it. That turned out to be be quite freaky, so I took a picture and when I showed that to people they were very shocked - more shocked than I thought would be possible." The Chinese national and student of Musashino Art University has lived her whole life in Japan. Despite that, she says many have preconceived ideas about her based on her nationality. So beyond just being provocative, her art helps her to channel her frustration, which she hopes will convince people to look beneath the surface. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) MUSASHINO ART UNIVERSITY STUDENT, HIKARU CHO, SAYING: "People tend to judge others just by their appearances, the color of their skin, their eyes. I think that is really stupid. So I create these pieces of work with a message to others that not all is what it seems on the surface." Cho's 'hyper-real', art as it's known, has caught the attention of several commercial companies and has already been used in an Amnesty International global campaign for sexual and reproductive rights.