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I am an artist who dreams of a better world
Marielle Plaisir

Plaisir is a multimedia artist who has been exploring the concepts of domination and supremacy for many years. While a painter first, with this affinity,  she considers herself an activist artist. In her practice, it is important to find and use the most effective medium to intervene and distill or convey my narrative content.

Her work is first and foremost a research laboratory based on documentary history, as well as literary and sound sources that she mines to recombine as visual tools in production.  She, therefore, work fluidly in many media and may realize a concept in distinct materials, such as a porcelain and bronze sculpture, a series of drawings, paintings, monumental work in cut metal, or as natural fiber textiles. Many pieces combine different media to ignite the imagination, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations by engaging powerful visuals, imagery, and histories.

She tackles the theme of social domination in her work and delves into issues surrounding colonialism, race, and class. Her art takes many forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, film, and performance, which combine to create powerful visual experiences. She particularly focuses on exploring the construction of identity and questions what constitutes our collective contemporary identity today, as well as how people who were born into a struggle for domination and power behave.
She underscores the commonalities between US black history and Caribbean history, such as the labor movements and the fight for equality.

Plaisir's artworks resists harmful histories and offers hope for a better future, drawing attention to the interconnections between humans, the universality of fractured identities, and the power of recognizing and depicting inner worlds. Through her multifaceted and interdisciplinary translation, she defines acts of domination as a major role in the reproduction of social relationships at the heart of globalization.

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