Using Vegetables to Remake Famous Works of Art


In 2006, Ju Duoqi bought several kilograms of peas and strung them together to make a skirt, a top, a headdress, and a magic wand. From there, the Chinese artist began looking at the vegetable aisle differently: “I would often pace in front of the vegetable stalls, picking things up, thinking and putting them back, trying to figure out which positions made them more interesting.” Eventually she branched out and began using vegetables to recreate famous works of art.

Of her potato-head soldiers featured in her recreation of Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (pictured below), Duoqi says, “You wouldn’t know them any better if they were chopped into French fries and covered in ketchup, but when placed in the picture, they all appear unfamiliar and rich in facial expression.”

Click through to view more of her inspiring, edible artwork.

Liberty Leading the Vegetables

The Dream of the Tofu

The Third of May 2008

Birth of the Gingerman

Mona Tofu

The Kiss of the Radishes

Vincent Van Gogh Made of Leek

The Scream of the Sweet Potatoes

Cabbage Monroe

The Raft of the Lotus Roots

The Last Supper with the Gingermen

Napoleon on Potatoes