ERASED. A new series by AIWS

AIWS presents a new series called ERASED that not only draws upon the subject of searching for the meaning of the existence at the very end of life, but as well of how we, a human race, tend to disconnect ourselves from individual’s tragedy once we face it at the bigger scale – seeing only numbers and statistics instead of personalities behind. The series title refers to the different perceptions of the constant need to leave something behind ourselves, to not be forgotten and how unfortunately some stories are completely wiped out from the surface. AIWS focuses on the tormented feelings, drawing attention to individual’s stories those, as artist refers, were not only forgotten, but have never been told in the first place. Crossing over into death, the protagonists in these artworks are neither alive nor dead, but rather representing their own stories, memories that are slowly disappearing.
The series evoke not only stillness, loneliness, melancholy, but as well apathy, ignorance and cruelty. While the stories behind each of the work are full of violence, sadness and graphical war crimes, the artworks themselves are neither disturbing nor violent, but relatively calm and mysterious. That way inviting viewers to step inside them, make their own sense of the story and the effects of ignorance on the wider scale.

About the artist:
Lex Kartanė is a neurodivergent queer artist and activist creating behind alias AIWS. Through their art not only expressing their own inner world, but as well reflecting on today’s often dark and cruel world. Common themes are total liberation, queer politics, neurodiversity, animal rights, feminism, gender, death and life.
The first introduction to wider audience of it will take a place during the Kaos Skola Festival in Horn, Sweden on the 23rd July.
More information and updates go here: www.aiws.LT/ERASED











Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (