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Malaysian 'painter without a brush' sees a better future

Art and politics of 'Red' Hong Yi highlight climate change, race and ethnic heritage

Malaysian artist Hong Yi -- better known as "Red" -- sits in front of her artwork featuring 50,000 matchsticks that she set fire to for Time magazine in April. (Photo by Annice Lyn and Jessie Lyee)

KUALA LUMPUR -- For the Malaysian artist Hong Yi, better known as "Red," seeing two weeks of painstaking work go up in flames in less than 2 minutes was not a bad thing. Her latest artwork, created by setting fire to 50,000 green-tipped matchsticks representing trees inserted into a 3-meter-wide world map, became a powerful cover for an issue of Time magazine dedicated to the effects of climate change.

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