Llane Alexis Dominguez
Healing Dolls by Llane Alexis
Created for ITCH
Llane Alexis is a polymath. The artist, who hails from Cuba, began his career as a painter 20 years ago and moved towards textiles about 10 years ago while observing the waste displayed by the fashion industry. Llane began utilizing remnants of fabrics from fashion designers and makers to transform throwaway objects into instant heirloom items. He braids and hand stitches scraps of fabrics breathing life into inanimate objects. He began creating limited edition dolls for an exclusive clientele and interest quickly spiked.
The materials of his work, ranging from denim to silk play a role in coding the personality of the object. Form and aesthetic humanity collide to define a new way of looking at beauty. Part of the narrative backstory is the object itself: bricks from construction sites or rocks from Mendocino or Japan are transformed into texture-rich elevated art.
His objects range from dolls to bags to mats. They take on distinct personalities and verve. They dare you to take them home.
But as life forces you to evolve, Llane Alexis realized that there was a second layer of his own interest. Using discarded byproducts of the analog and digital age (ie: Victorian chandeliers, mid century stools, discarded Apple computer screens), he wove his hand-braided fabrics to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Llane Alexis is deeply influenced by his culture. Growing up in Cuba, he saw his aunts weaving and coiling materials while watching tele novelas and it guided him into his path as an artist.
His perspective as an activist is inextricably tied to his philosophy as an artist. The current political state of the country has awoken an interest in transparency both in art and life.
Llane Alexis currently lives in San Francisco.