Creativity with food by Hong Yi

Creativity with food by Hong Yi

Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname ‘Red’ (Hong, sounds like the word ‘red’ in Mandarin), also known as the artist who ‘loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’, is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Melbourne, but that’s just one of the many reasons this Malaysian artist-architect is well known around the world today.

"Hello there, Richard Parker!" made of chopped carrots, white radish and dried prunes
“Hello there, Richard Parker!” made of chopped carrots, white radish and dried prunes
Hokusai's 'The Great Wave' with long-grain rice and nori
Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ with long-grain rice and nori
Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'
Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’
'sonny, if anything, just stay far far away from colonel sanders'
‘sonny, if anything, just stay far far away from colonel sanders’
'all you need is love...' with cherry tomatoes, nori and soy sauce
‘all you need is love…’ with cherry tomatoes, nori and soy sauce
dogs in oreos
dogs in oreos
a dragon in dragon fruit
a dragon in dragon fruit
Giant Squid Attack! With squid and squid ink
Giant Squid Attack! With squid and squid ink
Arctic melting
Arctic melting

‘Red’ graduated from the University of Melbourne, at the Middle Kingdom, where her father and grandfather lived their entire lives, but moved to Malaysia, when she was born. She found herself drawn irresistibly to the country, its rich history, its culture and its people, which inspire her to express how much she felt for a place her grandparents once fled from, so, she began with a project of ‘painting’ portraits of iconic Chinese figures, using local everyday materials as her medium. One of her most famous piece of art is a tribute to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei by creating a portrait with 7kgs/100,000 sunflower seeds and her painting of Yao Ming with a basketball and Jay Chou using coffee.

She is currently working in the Shanghai office of HASSELL, an established Australian architecture firm. Her website is www.ohiseered.com/