Hong Yi is an accomplished Chinese-Malaysian architect and artist who holds a master’s degree from the University of Melbourne and is recipient of multiple honors and distinctions, including a feature in the January-February 2011 issue of Architecture Australia magazine. But to her legions of Facebook fans, Yi is known as “Red,” the artist who “loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush.” Using everything from socks (see Portrait Made With 750 Pairs of Socks) to coffee and its cup to sunflower seeds to stacks of carefully carved and stacked books, Red is an innovative young artist who brings a unique vision to her work. Her complete portfolio is available here. Red also has a time-lapse video (see bottom of post) that shows the birth and completion of her remarkable coffee-stain “painting,” a portrait of Chinese recording artist Jay Chou.
Inspired by her family’s rich Chinese history, Malaysian-born-and-raised Red moved to Shanghai after university and soon began creating art using regular household materials. Via artist’s website.
“It was an outlet for her to express how much she felt for a place her grandparents once fled from.”