In this very moment, there are millions of people spending their day cooped up in their rooms. They've decided to stay home to do their favorite drug. They'll smoke, lick, or swallow substances of unknown provenance. They'll only care about the subsequent effects on their minds and bodies. Their world of fantasy will expand beyond the walls. It's in this trip where there's no need to face their fear of the real world. The space that has been created in their minds lets them know they are safe and free: they walk around naked, displaying a wild side of themselves they wouldn't show in any other circumstance.
Colors turn bright and fluorescent. Suddenly there's a tingling sensation in their spine that makes them want to lose themselves even more and go back to their most primitive state. They're not ashamed of gobbling up all the food in the fridge. This instant has set them free from all those moral rules that humanity uses to control. No one else will ever see what's happening.
Illustrator BenIsRight depicts these worlds that are only achieved through hallucinogenic eyes. These drawings are full of psychedelic and pop art influence. The disturbing element in their beastly behavior reveals that even grotesque art has its own sophistication. The artist's intention is to show that the disproportions in the drawing style, as well as the characters, are imperfect and even senseless.
The characters in each of these drawings embody the excesses of their hallucinations. Their lost gaze is a reflection of the surrealistic parade of images they see on their acid trip.
It is not necessary to do drugs in order to have a similar experience. We all behave differently when we know that no one is watching. Every person has the ability to weave secret worlds in such a small space like our own room. That microcosmos can have whatever you want: trivial pleasures, pizza, chips, mirrors, hairy legs. A proof of this is the absurd and childish representation of a first aid kit that contains Cheetos, instant soup, and and a hand sanitizer. You suddenly realize this kind of madness is not as crazt as it seems for someone who knows solitude and psychotropic substances.
These illustrations neither judge nor glamorize drug use or abuse. They're only an expression of the private madness that some people experience with these drugs.
The characters may have a troubled look, but they don't seem to be afraid of anything. They're safe, free, and beautifully imperfect.
You can find more of this artist in the side BenIsRight.com or in his Instagram page.
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Translated by Andrea Valle Gracia