Backlits

Plaisir’s color-drenched and sumptuously framed backlit works present elaborate compositions of collaged elements that combine intricate botanical imagery of lush foliage with reclaimed black-and-white vintage photography and elements of landscape paintings. In alluring and spellbinding colors, she recontextualizes various landscapes of the Caribbean islands, inspired by both her native roots and her imagined ideal of life without oppression. Sometimes, at the center of the piece, is the figure of a personality who fought in one way or another against racial domination, including Josephine Baker, Ruby Bridges, Miles Davis, and Muhammad Ali, accompanied by secondary figures of the bourgeoisie, reappropriated from European 17th- and 18th-century paintings.

The artwork is enriched by a frame made of upholstery fabrics, embroidered with pearls or gold thread.