Apr 4, 2013

Creative Food Art Portraits by Hong Yi

 

Hong Yi is an artist/architect from Malaysia known as, ‘the artist who loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’. She also goes by the nickname ‘Red’ because Hong sounds like the word ‘red’ in Mandarin.

Last month, Hong challenged herself to create a new piece of food art for every day of March and share the results on Instagram. There were only two rules:

1. Only food can be used
2. The creations must be placed on a white plate, which serves as the backdrop

In a recent interview with designboom, Hong explains:

“My ‘creativity with food‘ series has helped me push the limits of my creativity, and has taught me to work within the confines of a very small area – my previous works range from 1 x 2 to 3 x 4 meters. I’ve learned to slice, dice, stir, boil…who would have thought I’d need that to do art!”

[via designboom]

 

‘Red’ Hong Yi
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1.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (4)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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cherry tomatoes, nori and soy sauce

 

2.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (5)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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long-grain rice and nori

 

3.

FOOD-ART-BY-HONG-YI-aka-RED-(16)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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red onions, mint leaves

 

4.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (10)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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nori, apple

 

 

Which artists or designers have influenced you the most?

“Picasso. he has a famous quote… ‘all children are artists. the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.’ This has influenced me to see joy and fun in ordinary, everyday items that I come across, and to paint and create objects as I feel and imagine them, not just as I see them. as an architect, I really admire pritzker prize winner and architect wang shu’s work, for his careful and clever use of recycled materials, his respect for tradition and context, and how his works have a monumental yet calm presence about them.”
 
[Source: designboom interview]

 

5.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (8)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, oyster sauce

 

6.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (7)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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oreo cookies

 

7.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (9)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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squid, squid ink

 

8.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (3)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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egg shells, hard-boiled egg

 

 

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

“‘If you want something you’ve never had, do something you’ve never done’. It was this quote that drove me to start on my portraits with
unusual materials, and also my current ‘creativity with food’ series. ‘Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle’ is a quote by Plato that I hold
close to me, but is much easier said than done.”
 
[Source: designboom interview]

 

9.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (6)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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chopped carrots, white radish, dried prunes

 

10.

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (1)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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watermelon, watermelon seeds

 

11. Three Little Pigs

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (12)

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (13)

FOOD ART BY HONG YI aka RED (14)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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House 1: Angel hair pasta; House 2: Biscuit sticks; House 3: Dried chilli, with peanut butter as mortar; Ground: peanut butter and dill; Chimney smoke and clouds: Mayonnaise; Wolf: Charcoal bread, and olives for nose; Lines: Marmite

 

12.

FOOD-ART-BY-HONG-YI-aka-RED-(15)

Artwork by ‘Red’ Hong Yi
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