Artist Red Encourages You to Play With Your Food

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Ever since we featured the clever Coffee Stain and Dyed Carnation Portraits of Red Hong Yi, we have been keeping our eyes peeled to see what creative “paintings without paint” she will think of next. For the month of March, she has embarked on an imaginative challenge to create food art scenes every day with a white plate as her canvas. So far she has replicated Banksy with red apple and Nori, remade The Scream by Edvard Munch with bread crusts, chocolate, dried fruit and seeds, paid an homage to Andy Warhol with a Campbell’s Soup Can made of condiments, and mimicked “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai Katsushika with nori and rice. Red invites all of instagram to join her on her creative crusade by tagging their plate art #creativemarch and has inspired some followers to join in on the fun.

Massive Dyed Carnation Portrait of Nobel Prize Winner

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Inspired by the honorable Aung San Suu Kyi who fought for a democratic Burma (Myanmar) and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, creative artist Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname “Red” created an ephemeral portrait. Aung San Suu Kyi is often pictured with flowers in her hair because on the day he was assassinated, her father put fresh flowers behind her ear before walking out the door. Using 1,000 carnations in carefully placed plastic cups with varying amounts of water and red food dye to create different shades of color, nearly 20 hours of set-up time, and 40 hours for the saturation to fully develop, Red’s creation allowed Aung San Suu Kyi’s beautiful smile to shine through. The portrait measured 11.5 by 14.75 feet and took a month of flower dye experiments to get the plan ready. Although the piece only lasted about 5 days before the flowers started to wilt, Red brought awareness to a strong, compassionate, well-respected woman that many are unaware of.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Stain Portraits

When I watch the amazing YouTube video of artist and architect Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname “Red”, creating a giant portrait with coffee, I feel humbled. This woman possesses a unique and startling talent. To see Red’s focus as she carefully places the mug dipped in coffee space by space, ring by ring on the paper is astounding.