Lekias’s chic but hollow characters are caught in actions that belie their stylish presentation. Streams of sugar gliders burst from pimples, party girls vomit a technicolour variety of whale breeds and hundreds of fainting couches trickle from a bleeding nose.
A strong sense of the ridiculous and bizarre pervades the black and white ink illustrations, which are illuminated with vivid splashes of watercolour in lolly-like hues. Rich in symbolism, the works draw on dreams, memories and the artist’s personal narrative to explore themes including childhood and an innocent fascination with bodily functions.
Lekias describes the main theme of the exhibition as the expression of a total loss of control.
“The characters I draw have no real will or power of their own, but act as narrative vehicles inhabiting a surreal, dream-like world”.
“They are subject to the normal bodily functions that we don't usually talk about and keep hidden behind the scenes, but with strange but beautiful twists.”
Lekias’ work also adorns album covers and promotional pieces for local band Sugar Army.