Hong Yi, the 26-year-old Shanghai based artist, was inspired by the opening line in Jay Chou’s song, “Secret”. That opening sequence talks about lifting up a coffee cup off the saucer to make fragmented pieces. After hearing the lyrics Hong Yi decided to create his portrait using nothing but Nescafe coffee stains on the bottom of a mug.
“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.”
Check out the process set to Jay Chou’s “Secret” track:
Yi says that it was “a tricky medium to use – too much water and the rings wouldn’t form easily, very little water and you’d have to be precise with where you place the cup coz the rings would pretty much be permanent.”