// Born in 1985 in Le Havre, France
// Lives and works in Miami, FL
Marielle Plaisir’s art blends life and fiction in both autobiographical and historical narratives from the Caribbean that touch upon universal themes like power, domination, life, and death.
She is a French-Caribbean multimedia artist who spent her childhood and adolescence in Normandy (France), before settling in Guadeloupe (French Caribbean) and later in Miami.
Her strong attachment to her island occurred after her studies, during which time Plaisir searched for and, from reading history, learned more details related to her past and her identity. As a result, she combines painting, drawing and monumental installations with performance to present highly intense visual experiences.
She is inspired by Italian quattrocento, Latin American, and Caribbean literature. Plaisir incorporates textiles, fibers, and fabrics that are socially meaningful into her work. She uses her daily practice to examine the many roles of the individual within society.
Her art conveys a sense of humor and beauty while exploring any evidence of society’s humanity that she may discover in our increasingly digital world. Plaisir’s art is poetic. Her essence is theatrical. Her work may appear in many forms, including monumentally scaled installations or itinerant in-situ performances within exhibitions.
Her compositions have been used as children’s book illustrations and other publications and as drawings for animation. Since 2000, Plaisir has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions worldwide. She has also participated in various international contemporary art biennials.
Piece in the Exhibit
MARIELLE PLAISIR // Aponte Lámina 23, 2017, inks, gold pigment, pencils on 300g paper, 18 x 12 inches (courtesy of the artist)
… the Punishment and banishment from Paradise of our first parents, who as they leave encounter a demon in the figure of a monkey who throws their sin in their faces with the same apple, the Owl Administerer of death (is down below), the Serpent that deceived Eve …