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Hong Yi – Coffee Cup Stains Portrait

Malaysian artist Hong Yi creates these incredible paintings made with coffee cup stains. The projects was inspired by the song of Jay Chou, “Secret”, a Shanghai-based artist, Hong Yi decided to create his portrait using nothing but Nescafe coffee stains on the bottom of a mug. The 26-year-old artist was inspired by the first line of the song about lifting up a coffee cup off the saucer and the ending of the song about fragmented pieces – this is shown through the portrait as a whole – how it’s formed by many individual rings, many of them broken and imperfect.

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The song is about traveling 20 years back in time and is reflected through how the portrait looks like sepia-toned photo. Autumn is shown through the brown colours of the portrait, giving it an old, rustic feel.

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(All images via Hong Yi)

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