Hong Yi is a talented Malaysian artist and architect who uses all sorts of unconventional objects to create portraits. She was featured twice in Amusing Planet, once when she created a portrait of a famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, by hanging hundreds of socks from a bamboo stick, and again, when she produced a picture of Taiwanese musician Jay Chou by staining the canvas with a coffee cup.
More recently, she gave herself a challenge to create a new piece of art using only food, every day. “My 'creativity with food' series has helped me push the limits of my creativity by forcing me to churn out new designs every day. It has taught me to not be too serious about what I do, but also to pay attention to detail and to work within the confines of a very small area. I've learned to slice, dice, stir, boil...who would have thought I'd need that for my art! “
“The first few days were pretty easy for me but it got a little more challenging when I reached day 7”, Hong Yi confessed.
“I keep a sketchbook with me where I jot down every idea that comes to mind. I shoot all photos with natural lighting, around 4-5pm when the light's really nice and soft...this means I need to have my idea ready by around 3pm, so I'm usually rushing up on work like a mad woman in the afternoon.”
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