The Coloring Book: Playing with Your Food


Photo Source: Instagram @redhongyi

Well, this gives all-new meaning to the idea of “playing with your food.”  Malaysian artist Hong Yi finished her “Creativity with Food” series on April 7th after a month of posting a photo a day in which she transformed common foods into anything-but-common art.  Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname Red, is an artist-architect who likes to paint but “not with a paintbrush,” she says, often opting for less conventional mediums, like coffee cup stains, basketballs, and sunflower seeds for her projects.  After a recent trip to the US, she made this portrait of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg out of carved books.

The blog designboom recently sat down with Red to talk about her work.  When asked about her influences, Red quoted Picasso – “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Ain’t that the truth.  Red strives to find fun in the ordinary…and this time, found it in her kitchen!

I highly recommend checking out the full “Creativity with Food” series on Red’s instagram page.  I think the Eggplant Circus and the Giant Squid Attack are genius, and I’ll never look at my leftovers the same way.

How do YOU get creative with food?

(The Coloring Book is a regular feature that aims to highlight cool things happening in the visual arts community.)


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