Food can be the stuff of art. Just ask Hong Yi. This artistic free spirit takes food art to new levels. Malaysian born artist and architect, she uses all types of unconventional objects to create her artwork. The use of food shows her creativity has a ‘no boundaries’ approach that has helped to break some of artistic barriers.
Is That Art?
Hong Yi - whose nickname is Red - has achieved recognition for her food creations, but she uses all types of objects in her artwork. In her own words: “I like to paint but not with a paintbrush.”
Her portraits of Chinese film director Zhang Yimou created with bamboo and socks and a picture of a Taiwanese musician made by staining a canvas using only a coffee cup are truly a thing of beauty. Her unique techniques and unquestionable creativity combine to produce almost unbelievable results.
Hong Yi took her food art abilities to new heights recently by completing a 30 day food challenge. During this artistic challenge she created 30 different artistic creations using food alone. The plate was her canvas and all artwork was created using edible items. Even though Yi had used food for her artistic creations before, she gives the phrase playing with food new meaning.
Critics of Hong Yi
Artist Hong Yi is praised by many for her creativity, but she is not free from criticism. There are some reviewers that claim her work is not actual art. Some believe a more traditional approach to art would release her true talent, but Yi stays true to her own artistic calling. Implementing inventive and unique objects into her artwork is what she does and it stands out.
And, along the way, her food artwork is so beautiful you almost don’t want to eat it.
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