Ar­gen­tine il­lus­tra­tor Lu­cila Dominguez de­scribes how spir­i­tu­al­ity and travel keep her in­spired

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Ar­gen­tine il­lus­tra­tor Lu­cila Dominguez de­scribes how spir­i­tu­al­ity and travel keep her in­spired

The bound­aries of work and home life have al­ways been in­dis­tinct for Ar­gen­tine artist Lu­cila Dominguez. Both her and her mu­si­cian hus­band have stu­dios in their Buenos Aires apart­ment, and she of­ten cooks or does laun­dry while wait­ing for a painting to dry.

Now that she’s a mother, her daugh­ter and her toys of­ten join her, so she’s learn­ing to “live with chaos,” and be more ef­fec­tive in the little time she has to work.

“I would de­scribe our home as a cab­i­net of cu­riosi­ties mixed with a green­house,” says Dominguez. “There’s a lot of green­ery and light in our home.”

Be­fore becoming a free­lance artist/il­lus­tra­tor, Dominguez worked as a set de­sign as­sis­tant on film sets. “This paint­brush vase (1) re­minds me of that job,” she says. “We used to buy sec­ond-hand ob­jects imag­in­ing that they were for the char­ac­ters in the films. It was re­ally fun. I love see­ing it on my desk.”

Dominguez’s Rus­sian dolls (2) re­mind her of a trip to Rus­sia in 2015, when she was in­vited to paint a mu­ral. “I love folk art in all cul­tures, the way that colour and flow­ers are used as dec­o­ra­tion.”

“I also have an al­tar in my home stu­dio,” says Dominguez. “My favourite el­e­ments are this hand (3) I bought on a trip to Bali – which changed my con­cept of spir­i­tu­al­ity – and the three crys­tals: quartz for har­mony, pyrite for abun­dance and amethyst for trans­for­ma­tion.”

As well as giv­ing thanks at her al­tar, Dominguez uses in­cense (4) to con­cen­trate or “change the air”. “It’s amaz­ing the power that scents have to trans­port us,” she ex­plains.

Find­ing this sec­ond-hand book on the his­tory of botan­i­cal illustration (5) was an­other trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. “I bought it on­line in the US and it was like find­ing a great, hid­den trea­sure be­cause you can’t get this type of book in Ar­gentina,” she says. “I’m al­ways look­ing things up in it.”

Lu­cila Dominguez is an Ar­gen­tine painter, il­lus­tra­tor and mu­ral­ist who spe­cialises in botan­ti­cal art and pat­tern de­sign.­sta­­cil­ismo

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