Last semester, I interviewed Jack Rasmussen, the director and curator of the Katzen Art Museum. He told me that, “Curating is kind of like painting if someone were to spill coffee on your painting every 15 minutes. You must adjust, be responsive to the outside world. The coffee may even help the painting. It is a giant collaboration.” 

Malaysian artist, Hong Yi, takes Jack’s philosophy to the next level. Coffee spills cannot disturb her art because it is her primary medium. Below, I have pasted a portrait of musician, Jay Chou, that Hong Yi formed with coffee stain rings from the base of her coffee cup. View Hong Yi’s entire process here.

Makes you think doesn’t it? What ordinary products can we be using more creatively? As curators, what we can we be doing with the coffee spills? 

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