Aug 21, 2012

Setting Fire to ADELE...















I'm doing a 4 part project involving the 4 basic elements: fire, water, wind and earth.

So for FIRE, I chose to do ADELE's portrait (also, I wanted to do a portrait of a Brit after the London Olympics...oh and also, I love her!!). Her song 'Set Fire to the Rain' inspired me to use candles and fire as my painting materials...but why?

To me, ADELE was probably singing about the pain of a lost relationship. Rain may be a metaphor for her tears she cried, and she is setting fire to it to burn and destroy her pain. I've used blue candles to represent tears, and by setting fire to them, they melt and flow into each other, forming a portrait of ADELE.

This took about 2 weeks to plan out - I spent about a week looking for the right materials for it (thank God I'm living in China...I got them at a wholesale centre and haggled like crazy for a good deal!), and another week on working out how to use hot candle wax as my 'paint'. The art piece itself took about 7 hours to complete, and I think I used about 1500 candles!

...and if you're wondering, YES I did burn a finger! :p

And also, I got wax on my favourite pants (Mum...I hope you're not reading this...)! How do you get it off?

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  2. i would LOVE to hang this portrait on my wall... u r brilliat Hong Yi.. hope to see u again...

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    1. thank you karolina! i'll be visiting italy next month - milan and bologna - can't wait, i love your country!

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  4. every time you create one of these fantastic pieces it causes me to think of my late mother ... she would have loved you, and your art ... your willingness to take chances, and your desire to create something that is not only beautiful, but causes us to think about the process of life ... the process of how art can create change in people, and they in turn will each change the world in their own individual way ... the process never ends ... thanks

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  5. So so beautiful n original! Who'd hv thought of using candles? No wonder u've been so busy n we harly hv time to talk anymore.Come home soon, i'll take you to my new hairdresser.
    David: your mom was awesome, all those things she did for the community n people, n her family. N her wide knowledge, awareness n action to change things when not right, n she must have been a most warm, loving n encouraging person bc you hv her lagacy, i can see that.

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  6. Hi Yi!!
    Really beautiful!! I always like everything you do!!

    I was interviewed and mentioned you and your blog, because you are so inspiring to me.
    Check here:
    - http://laubao.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/my-first-interview-la-mia-prima-intervista/
    - http://sara-artstudio.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/my-interview-with-laubao.html
    Hope you'll like it!
    Greetings,
    Laura

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  7. As always, beautiful portrait! You're my hero!

    And also, I found this: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Wax-out-of-Fabrics-and-Carpet Sorry you got wax on your pants:( But this page says it will come off.

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  8. U hv to start wearing an apron whenever u work. Maybe smthing u designed.

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  9. If you're ever in Melbourne, I would love to meet you!!
    Doing urself proud and Malaysia too! ;p

    Eager for your next masterpiece!

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  10. I have no words to truly describe how amazing this is!
    cheers. dana

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  11. What an incredible piece! Sinderella Studios shared your link on her FB page. I'm so glad she did!

    Oh, and to get rid of wax, you need an iron and something absorbant (like blotting paper). Put the paper over the wax and iron over it. The wax will melt again and should be soaked up by the paper. Might still leave a greasy mark though.

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  12. Great work Red!

    As someone also trained in architecture, I'm looking forward to 10, 20, 50+ years from now and seeing how your work grows to encompass more architecture to effect more people on a larger scale.

    Regarding the pants; did your mom recommend placing them in the freezer and then snapping the wax off once it hardens?

    jab

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  13. Place a paper towel on your pants and then heat the area with a clothes iron. The paper towel will soak the wax up when it melts.

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    1. An interesting aside - people who are creative, passionate, and immerse themselves in what they're doing - ALWAYS burn a finger, spill the wax - or whatever... it's part of the creative tunnel !

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  14. This is amazing! It's just mesmerizing watching it take shape!

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    1. THANK YOU Chris!!! :) How have u been?~!

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  15. Is there a way to watch the creation of the piece without having to endure her unneeded comentary. Id like to share this, but as for it being an enoyable piece in and of itself its pretty.much ruined. Can you imagine only being able to view works of art and having to listen to the artist every damn time you saw it? Ouch, no thanks.

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    1. sorry mate, you're going to have to watch me talk every time I produce a new piece. I like to connect to my audience, and as a viewer, I'd like to know more about the person behind the artwork too.

      Yes there is a way to watch the creation of the piece without me talking in it: just edit me out with a video editing software and render it. Voila!

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    2. Red, I think most would appreciate hearing the story behind the art so please keep it up. You can't please everyone and nor should you try. Love your work!

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    3. don't listen to zombies dear ;)
      your work is inspiring, thanks for that.

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    4. Zombie,... volume control/

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    5. thank you guys :)

      i do appreciate feedback so i did give this a think last night and tried to see it from Zombie's perspective...I guess I know where he's coming from but then again, I really want to connect with people and like Kimakaze said, I learnt I really can't please everyone...

      peace =)

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    6. I don't think this comment is very fair. This is her blog, not an art gallery, so it makes perfect sense that she should share the thought process behind her work.

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    7. SHARE WITH US. Most people love to hear about how the work was created, and what the colors and materials mean! Especially the creative among us. Pay no attention to the narcissistic types. Thanks for sharing your awesome piece! I recently started wax painting and I love it too.

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    8. Red carry on ....a zombie will always be a zombie.
      zombie try you tube and see if video is there without the beautiful artist's commentary.
      personally i love to see and hear from her.....she is so cute and creative.
      red's army is getting larger........

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  16. aw..awesome artwork! what a talent you're blessed with :)

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  17. Oh my god! You are really a very versatile amazing artist! Everytime I see, all your pieces seem so alive as you do different kind of mediums on your masterpiece. Keep it up babe! I m gonna follow all your artworks/masterpiece but I could never be like you. Guess I am stuck being a student in Visual Communication (Graphic Design).

    Once again, you are really AMAZING! =D


    XOXO
    Pearlin

    Singapore

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  18. that is certainly an amazing skill you have there. it's brilliant. i'm no artist but i recognize good art when i see it, and this is brilliant. like others i would love to hang this on my wall. keep it up.

    jon lee,
    hong kong

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  19. This is the best thing I have seen on the internet in quite a while. Brilliant work!

    I am confused by the comments by ThrobZombie though. Personally, I liked the commentary and think the artist point of view is interesting.

    And, let's face it - most people would be happy to hear you talk about risk management.

    Looking forward to seeing more.

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  20. WOW, 1500 candels? That is pretty much, your work is amazing!

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  21. Hi, I've been following you for a while now and I think you do awesome art work. If you ever pop by Vancouver, Canada, give me a shout. I'll be more than happy to give you a tour. BTW, I'm originally from Singapore. =)

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  22. Amazing piece of art. Can't wait to see your next piece using water or wind .....wind?

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  23. So creative :) As for getting the wax off clothes... Apparently ironing over it works?! (Don't blame me if it makes it worse - eek!)

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  24. you yourself are a piece of Art!!!!

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  25. freeze your pants and try to chip it off? i imagine ironing would just melt the wax deeper. After picking off as much as possible, just scrub super hard. I did this with molten vasaline on my shirt and pants - now the stains are barely visible.

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  26. To get wax out of cloth you iron the wax spot with piece of paper towel (That has been folder in half or thirds) over it.

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  27. You are so beautiful, Red. You are a walking work of art. Your portraits are amazing too.

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  28. First off, I'm so excited that you updated your website with a new project! :D

    Love the piece and I appreciate the symbolism behind using the blue candles + song + ADELE. You have always put a lot of thoughts in your work and I appreciate that.

    I look forward for your next piece!

    Peace and love from Bangkok! (a fellow KK-ian btw, yay!)

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  29. I never seen anything like it, i love your art work its really awesome!!!

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  30. Set Fire to the Rain is one of my favorite songs. You did a great job here, Red.

    xx
    LadyG

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  31. lol!! thats really amazing...
    may i repost about this on my blog?

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  32. brown paper laid over the wax and a hot iron on the brown paper. move to a fresh piece of the brown paper and repeat as needed.

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