This week a Malaysian artist/architect who loves to paint, but in her own words ‘not with a paintbrush’. Bring on the basketballs…
YCC : What inspires you?
RH : Traveling, visiting far-off places and getting to know different cultures. I am fascinate by how we are all the same and different at the same time. I love seeing how there are so many different ways to do things.
YCC : How do you select which method to use in your art?
RH : I choose a material that has a connection with the subject I am painting. For example, I used a basketball to paint a portrait of basketballer Yao Ming.
YCC : Which has been your favourite and why?
RH : So far, probably my portrait of Jay Chou with coffee cup stains. It was inspired by my favourite Jay Song which means a lot to me. And the piece also smells good!
YCC : You document each of your projects. Is that so your work reaches people around the world, or is it part of the art itself?
RH : Both! I think the final work is as important as the process itself, and as designers we are living at a time where we get to share our work with anyone all over the world!
YCC : There is clearly a lot of process behind each project. How long do you spend testing your methods?
RH : I spend as much time as it takes till I'm confident I can master the skill. The coffee cup method took 3 days; Aung San Suu Kyi's portrait with dyed flowers took a whole month of experimenting.
YCC : Do you always try to link create a link between your method to your subject?
RH : Yes. I think it brings more meaning to the piece.
YCC : When creating your portraits how do you decide who you are going to use?
RH : I select people whose work or lives have influenced and inspired me, then I research on them to pick a material that I can paint them with.
YCC : After taking on the HP Challenge to do an art project using ONE HP Ink Cartridge, do you think working with other creatives adds to your art or do you prefer it when it is your own personal project?
RH : I like a mixture of both!
YCC : Your 30 Days of Kindness project saw you leaving little inspiring messages in random locations for people to find. What types of responses do you get from your work?
RH : I'm not sure how people react to my work when they stumble upon them in real life, but my online followers seem to enjoy my 30 day Kindness project and they email me telling me they're very encouraged by the positivity it brings.
YCC : Is there a reason you do your projects in 30 days?
RH : My 30 day projects are small, non-serious projects that push me to be creative throughout an entire month. I like the idea of that.
YCC : From painting with coffee stains, basketballs and your latest project flowers and dye – can you give us a clue to what’s next?
RH : I'm working towards my first solo exhibition that might be in Beijing or Paris!
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