Kit Layfield's surreal paradisiacal masks

The American illustrator creates perfect and closed atmospheres that function as face masks

They have been spread over the Internet due to the coronavirus pandemic. We could be talking about fake news and conspiracy plots, but no: we are referring to the drawings that Kit Layfield uploads to his Instagram profile and that, since the mask has become a new item of clothing rather than wearing, are a breath of fresh air… never better said.

The Philadelphia illustrator creates incredible gadgets that not only end up covering the lower part of the face, but also allow them to breathe pure oxygen thanks to their internal atmospheres: necklaces that are fish tanks inhabited by mythological beings, jungles and vines in the hair, small bonsai that produce a portable ecosystem... Everything imaginable to decorate face masks (ignoring the current more or less successful embroidery or prints).

Masks against Climate Change

The artist works on these flourishing microsystems, as they have been defined, out of concern for what he calls digital climate change. This not only allows him to play and define a style based on detail, but also helps his fans to follow his process by also publishing the sketches on which he later elaborates the final design of these excessive dystopias, in which extravagance is set. at the service of the practical and useful: tiny artificial paradises that we will never know... or yes.

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