I admire artists who use their skills to add beauty to the world. And sometimes the job of an artist is to highlight truth, even if it’s ugly. Some of the best artists simply take the elements that are around them and use them for either of those purposes.
I find the work of Hong Yi amazing. The Shanghai-based artist uses coffee cups to create portraits that are both true and beautiful. She’s a beautiful young woman whose blog also shows her creating art with a basketball, with sunflower seeds, and with chili paste on a plate.