Shanghai-based artist Hong Yi is certainly not the most conventional of artists; while most virtuosos in the world of art construct their creations with paint or pencil or metal or marble, Yi (who prefers to be called â€śRed”) uses any everyday object she can get her talented little hands on, and does wonders with them. In the past, Red has assembled portraits of Taiwanese actor-singer Jay Chou out of coffee stains, of Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber usingÂ Korean chilli paste,Â and of Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, painted not with a paintbrush but – rather appropriately – with a basketball.
Her latest project is no less peculiar: it is a portrait of famed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (director of martial arts action flicks â€śHeroâ€ť and â€śHouse of Flying Daggersâ€ť), made entirely out of bamboo sticks, pins and 750 pairs of socks. Why socks? â€śWhen I first moved to Shanghai, I stumbled upon an old residential alleyway and saw bamboo sticks poking out of windows with laundry hanging onto them, waving in the air,â€ť explains Red. â€śI thought that was an incredibly beautiful sight. And the amazing thing is seeing something so traditional in a modern, bustling city like Shanghai.â€ť [Read more…]