Vancouver BC-based artist Lyle XOX starts with his self-identity and transforms by fusing facial sculpture, makeup, and fictional writing into a 3-D assemblage using a myriad of objects from the mundane and throw-away in our daily life. The artist’s shoulders and neck serve as a plinth, highlighting the notion of a symbiotic relationship. His work presents characters that defy gender, cultural backgrounds and beauty norms. Each portrait becomes a study in contrast and fantasy, with humour and irony woven throughout.
Lyle’s background of growing up in rural Saskatchewan with a family emphasis on recycling was imbedded with hm long before it was fashionable. His home environment replaced television with books, colouring pencils and fort building in the great outdoors. The attraction to discarded objects and packaging that house commodities with perceived value has become a key factor in his facial sculptures, granting these objects an additional leg in their journey before reaching their final demise. These self-portraits challenge the idea of masculinity and femininity and embrace a spirit of duality and joie de vive. Often having the character staring directly at the viewer, Lyle connects the viewer with a range of objects relating to their own carbon footprint all through a surreal lens.