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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.

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.

(All images via Hong Yi)

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