Spoons, matchsticks, and ballet slippers are just some of the odds and ends that artist Lyle Reimer intricately assembles—and adheres to his face and neck—to create his opulent and genre-bending photographic self-portraits. The Saskatchewan-born artist, who works under the name Lyle XOX, spends hours upon hours cutting, gluing, and shaping various knickknacks, fabrics, and, what would be to anyone else, pieces of trash together and transforming them into couture-like visions.
“Sometimes my mind doesn’t know what my hands are doing when I’m working,” the artist said of his process. His unique vision has made him an internet sensation with more than 150,000 Instagram followers, a book with Rizzoli, and projects for Gucci and Viktor + Rolf, and even a recent collaboration with FKA Twigs for Dazed. Still, he takes none of his success for granted. Reimer worked for almost two decades as a makeup artist and trainer for MAC