This. Is. Insane.
So I love coffee. I love art. Naturally this gels into a profound love of coffee art (or really anything to do with coffee. You make incredible music off swirling your finger on glass cups filled with coffee and I’m gonna freak on that too.) So when I came across this site featuring the artist Hong Yi doing a coffee cup portrait of singer Jay Chou, inspired by his song “Secret”, my mind jumped up and down like a 6 year old hopped up on donuts and well, coffee.
As you can tell from the picture, it’s like the Pointillism painting style for the heavily caffeinated. Instead of dots unifying in the viewers mind to form the picture, such as Georges Seurat’s famous painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”, it’s all done by careful placement of coffee rings.
Now I like to draw, but the patience and creativity it took to create this is beyond me. It took her 12 hours, using nothing but a cup, saucer and the precise allotment of coffee to make the cup ring. Too much or too little coffee and the ring formation doesn’t turn out correctly, and you have to be sure on your placement, because once laid, those rings are pretty much permanent.
Watch the video, and be mesmerized by her process.
Now, here is my question (hope really). Did Hong Yi create this in one 12 hour power session, or was this 12 hours spread over several days, done a few hours at a time? How many cups of coffee did it take, and was she continuously sipping from them as she painted?
My hope is that she did it in one 12 hour power block, her brain flying full tilt boogie, fueled by the very medium she’s using to paint with.
Now that’s a combo of vice and virtue I can get behind!
Here is a direct link to the article.
It has some wonderful pictures of her as she goes through the process, and goes into more detail about her inspiration for the piece.