Woman paints on her body - level 3
These surreal stop-motion films are the work of Hikaru Cho, a Chinese national living in Japan whose inspiration came from an unusual place.
“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 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.”
“People tend to judge others just by their appearances, the colour 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.”
Hikaru Cho's social conscience has been present throughout her work, but most poignantly perhaps, when it was used by Amnesty International, but lucrative advertising deals have also followed in what looks to be a long artistic career.
Difficult words: surreal (strange, difficult to understand, and like from a dream), stop-motion film (film made by taking a lot of still pictures and then playing them fast), national (citizen of a particular country),can’t be bothered (be unwilling to do something), freaky (shocking), tend (they sometimes do it), conscience (person’s moral sense of right and wrong), poignant (emotional), lucrative (makes money and is exciting).
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