This project was inspired by the opening and closing lines in Jay Chou’s song, ‘Secret/不能说的秘密’. The opening line is about lifting a coffee cup off the saucer, “冷咖啡离开了杯垫” . The ending line of the song is about autumn leaves and fragmented pieces, “飘落后才发现 这幸福的碎片, 要我怎么捡?”. Hundreds of individual coffee stain rings, many of them broken and imperfect like fallen autumn leaves, form a whole portrait.
The singer tells a heartbreak tale of a lost romance with a girl from 1979 who time-traveled forward 20 years and met Jay in 1999, and they fell in love. She then went back to 1979 and sketched a portrait of him. My painting is meant to look like a sepia-toned old photograph to capture the essence of this story.
The project took about 12 hours to finish. Coffee is quite a challenging medium to use – too much water and the rings wouldn’t form easily, too little water and the rings will be too light. I had to be precise with where to place the cup because the rings would be permanent.
As a little kid, I dreamt of becoming an artist. Thank you for the encouraging comments everyone. I cherish every single one.