Photo by @lylexox
For Lyle Reimer (@lylexox), the line between trash and treasure is blurry at best. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based artist creates self-portraits that feel otherworldly, but his technique is very down-to-earth: reuse, reduce, rethink and upcycle. “It’s 100 percent found objects and recycled pieces,” says Lyle. “Even if you see sequins or beads, those are actually pieces that have been taken off of old garments.” Lyle began turning found objects into facial sculptures five years ago. “I love the pairing of literal garbage and junk with luxury together and creating a new language,” he says.
His appreciation for shape-shifting can be traced back to childhood craft time. “One day my mom made this peacock out of egg cartons,” he says. “And I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh my gosh. My mom is like a magician.’ I saw the importance of taking something that had no value to it, or no perceived value, and giving it a new life.”
Today on our story, we meet some of Lyle’s creations. Tune in now to see more upcycled self-portraits.