If there were a perfect time to not eat vegetables, it would be now. Ju Duoqi would give you a compelling reason not to because she turns vegetables into art. Most of us play with our veggies on the plate. Ju goes beyond that and captures some of the world’s most famous paintings into works of art.
Everything has a spirit, each vegetable, each person, and each second, under careful observation, has extraordinary meaning. What makes me happy is that when I see Napoleon on his Potato, I can think back to when I fried him up and ate him at two in the morning in the summer of ’08. Through photographs, memory becomes sentiment. I never leave the house, and when I do I rarely travel more than 15 kilometers. In a studio, with a knife, a box of toothpicks and some vegetables, I can make small sculptures and slap together big scenes, using a woman’s most effortless and thrifty method of fantasizing about the larger world.-Ju Duoqi