Fabrics / Poly-fil
180 x 120 cm
Plaisir installs the artwork ‘Lavomatic’ in a launderette of the 18th district of Paris. Opposed to the current trend of textiles being displayed as fashionable and desirable pieces in large warehouse displays, the artist chose an ordinary launderette where she turned her fabric into a colorful, living artwork. While waiting for their laundry to finish, people can sit and watch the ‘breathing’ form that reminds of a duvet exploding in the machine.“Textile is not only a lovely piece of fabric, it's also an identity-forming medium. The choice of a launderette as a stage is a well considered one. Launderettes are generally not deemed to be temples of art or fashion, it's not ??? They are a meeting point, an approachable place where local residents can wash their clothing.”
'The garden of Madame de Pompadour'
Fabrics / Poly-fil
140 x 135 cm
"Madame de Pompadour's Garden" is a series of installations that highlight the relationship between opulence, thirst for pleasure and the free spirit of colonial and post-colonial power. Madame de Pompadour's clothes are a metaphor in the work of Pleasure. Clothing is the way we stereotype people. The way one dresses forms the basis of perceptions and classification and often emphasizes discrimination, whether it is flagrant or subtle.
'Blue blood, black Blood'
Rops / Fabrics
Variable/ Printing, resin on wood, fabrics, stuffed
'Blue blood , black blood' is a serie of portraits of Reproductions of Renaissance portraits hang in antique salon style. The selection includes liberated slave Olaudah Equiano, by Joshua Reynolds; Mauresse de Mauret, the illegitimate black daughter of King Louis XIV,.... But Plaisir erase the vestment while expressing their former glory by the luxuriance of the portrait.
20 dresses / Tyveck Paper / LEDS/ Fun fur
15 x 7 m
Plaisir fabricated 20 billowy, translucent white paper dresses and illuminated them like lanterns. Floating overhead, they form a luminous centerpiece and provide a bright decorative charm. Closer examination reveals that half are plain, and the other half decorated with trains, veils, buttons, bows and decorative perforations. The dresses are of two kinds: Bourgeoisie and slaves.
However, they’re both in the same space, lighted and white. 'Dresses' is a metaphor of our society. It recomposes a new world where all people have the same place, a new world without discrimination.dominants and dominated.
'Oh. What a mirage!"
48 x 35 x 38 inches (Dimensions variable)
Fabric, embroidery, buttons, lead weights, fan
Plaisir proposed a visual metaphor of Guadeloupe and its history, from the moment General Charles De Gaulle flew over the island in 1964to contemporary perception of the Island. When he arrived in Guadeloupe and Martinique, he was greeted by a cheering population. What he did not see across the idyllic landscape, were the effects of history on the islands people, from its period of slavery to the social emancipation movements. Through all of this and the present, Guadeloupeans have been in constant flux trying to find their place inside Caribbean history and in a global landscape. 'Oh ! What a mirage!' is a cloud sculpture , positioned about an 'Island' set against an imagined sunny, clear blue sky. The installation is an exotic illusion , an artificial idea of a' good' life powered by a colonial machine that persists, even now.