Juxtapoz

Coffee Stain Portrait by RED

March 21, 2012

Some people drink coffee and despise a coffee stain, but for artist RED, she has taken the concept of a coffee stain to a whole new level. She has taken hundreds of individual coffee stain rings, "many of them broken and imperfect like fallen autumn leaves," to form a whole portrait. The results, and video, are quite amazing. The project itself was inspired by a Jay Chou's song, 'Secret/??????'.

As RED writes, "The project took about 12 hours to finish. Coffee is quite a challenging medium to use - too little water and the rings wouldn't form easily, too much water and the rings would blend into each other, resulting in just a deformed pool of coffee. I had to also wait for the lighter parts too dry up before stamping on the darker rings, or else the rings would not be visible."