HI, I AM AISTE!
I'm a Lithuanian creator based in Basel, Switzerland. With a
passion for visual communication, art direction, and creative
problem-solving, I immerse myself in a diverse range of projects.
It brings me joy to explore various techniques, concepts, and
materials, from traditional and digital art to sculpture, video,
animation, textiles and many more.
My journey is driven by a desire to create visually compelling and
impactful experiences. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for
conceptual thinking, I love crafting innovative solutions that
engage and inspire. I believe in the power of visual storytelling
and aim to deliver meaningful messages through my work.
Whether it's through art direction, creating visuals, or devising
creative strategies, I embrace every opportunity to push the
boundaries of creativity and transform ideas into reality. Join me
as I seek fresh perspectives and create experiences that leave a
RELATIONSHIP | MATERIALITY
Embarking on a journey of creative exploration, I delved into the
intricate world of relationships through textile scanning.
Inspired by the keyword "relationship," I scanned a striped
t-shirts that belongs to myself and my partner. This process
allowed me to extract captivating patterns and textures,
symbolizing the interwoven connections within relationships. As I
deepened my designs, the formal criteria of materiality guided me,
shaping the visual narrative of the project. From the initial
exploration of various techniques and concepts, this project
emerged as a celebration of the complex, beautiful, and
ever-evolving nature of relationships.
ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION
In collaboration with my colleague and good friend, Auriane
Locatelli, I had the pleasure of working on a motion design
project centered around the iconic Tinguely Museum in Basel,
Switzerland. Our goal was to pay homage to the architectural
brilliance of the museum and the mesmerizing artworks of Jean
Drawing inspiration from sketches by the architect Mario Botta and
the building's purpose, we embarked on creating a short animation
that would encapsulate the essence of the museum. The video
predominantly features white line work components of the building,
meticulously animated to move in a repetitive fashion against a
striking black background. To further enhance the immersive
experience, we recorded the sound directly from within the museum
MYTH OF A MEMORY
Inspired by the enchanting Arabian myth of alchemy and the recipe
for creating a human, "Myth of a Memory" is a project that delves
into the realm of cherished recollections and empathy. At its core
is a hand-crafted black clay ceramic memory box, housing 14 small
compartments, each safeguarding an object linked to my memory.
Viewers can lift the lid of any compartment, revealing an intimate
object imbued with personal meaning. Accompanying each object is a
carefully composed recipe, meticulously detailing the step-by-step
process of recreating my memory. Through this unique blend of
artistry and storytelling, "Myth of a Memory" invites participants
to delve into the alchemy of remembrance and intimate connection
to another person.
Inspired by lighthearted video games, 'dopamine-core' and
childhood memories, this project invites players to explore a
virtual world based on FHNW HGK 6th floor. This playful
environment is filled with amusing animal characters, hidden rooms
and vibrant, but still recognisable scenes.
CORAL SCULPTURAL EXPLORATION
Diving into the depths of artistic exploration, I embarked on a
personal project centered around the mesmerizing beauty of corals.
As a ceramic artist and the owner of a small shop 'Nice Things', I
sought to capture the organic elegance of coral formations in my
handcrafted ceramic objects.
Using a variety of clays, including porcelain and colored clay, I
handbuild unique forms reminiscent of coral structures. With
careful attention to detail, each piece is meticulously crafted to
evoke the delicate complexity found in nature's underwater
marvels. To further enhance the resemblance to coral, I embrace
diverse glazing techniques. The vibrant and nuanced glazes that
adorned the ceramic surfaces mirrored the vibrant hues and
textures of coral growth.
Each object, when finished, becomes a stunning homage to the
organic wonders that dwell beneath the sea.
In this collaborative project, my close friend and colleague Judy
Kessba and I delved into the world of VR/AR photography, driven by
the pressing issue of global warming and rising sea levels.
Our exploration began with the meticulous 3D scanning of a tree
branch, capturing its intricate details and unique
characteristics. From these scans, we crafted a diverse range of
digital models, each one offering a glimpse into the branch's
beauty. Using Adobe Aero, a powerful AR authoring tool, we blended
these digital models with previously captured photographs of the
same tree branch. To enhance the viewer's experience, we
incorporated subtle movements and animations into the objects. As
viewers explored this fictional environment, they were transported
to a world reminiscent of an abandoned Earth or an unknown planet.
The landscapes, featuring melting icecaps and diverse terrains,
evoked a sense of wonder, curiosity and fusion of the real and the
In this ongoing textile-based project, I explore identity and the
weight of it, we carry in the symbolic form of clothing labels.
Inspired by the thought-provoking artist Alina Kopytsa and our
discussions on Ukrainian resistance art movements, this particular
piece serves as a poignant reflection of my and my ancestors
Every label in this artwork has been carefully removed and
graciously donated by people in my community, symbolizing the
intimate connection between personal identity, our surroundings
and the garments we wear.
This piece is accompanied by a personal artist statement,
providing further insight into the conceptual framework and
underlying emotions that drive this project forward.
In this collaborative project with my colleague and good friend
Michelle Muller, our goal was to experiment as much as possible
with the phrase 'Stable Flux' and the transformative power of
Starting with a black and white typographic visual, we carefully
selected the text content to convey a sense of constant contrast
and duality. Building upon this foundation, we ventured into the
realm of projection, using beam technology and various screen
materials to create striking visual effects. To accentuate the
contrasting nature of the message, we projected the word 'Stable'
onto dynamic, ever-changing objects such as ice, falling sand, and
swinging crystals. In contrast, the word 'Flux' adorned static,
solid objects like rocks and plastic. This intentional
juxtaposition emphasized the interplay between stability and
change, offering a thought-provoking visual experience. Each
projection setting was meticulously chosen for its materiality and
the associations it evoked within the viewer. From exploring the
different states, scales, and shapes of water to contrasting
natural and unnatural substances like stone and plastic, the
materials served as conduits for visual storytelling.
CERAMIC 3D PRINTING
As a ceramics, crafter and 3D printing enthusiast, I embark on a
transformative journey of artistic exploration. By merging
traditional craftsmanship with the technology of 3D printing, I
seek the boundaries of what is possible in ceramic creation.
RELATIONSHIP | FRICTION
In this project, I delved into the captivating world of
relationships, embracing the concept of friction as a driving
force. Using color pencils on friction-free paper made from stone,
I explored the dynamics inherent in relationships. Each stroke of
the pencil on the smooth surface represented the complexities and
tensions that arise between individuals. As I pushed the
boundaries of traditional materials, the vibrant colors and
delicate lines brought these dynamics to life. Through this
project, I aimed to capture the essence of relationships, sparking
contemplation and dialogue.