Marielle Plaisir is a multi-media artist who combines painting, drawing and performance to present highly and intense visual experiences. In 2000, she began to investigate the notion of identity from the viewpoint of a Caribbean who grew up in Guadeloupe, an oversea department of France. Her national identity is shaped by the domination of French culture, thus our culture emerges from the spectrum of the tropical island and the experience of slavery.
To explore the undercurrents of this traumatic past is central to her work. It bears the evidences of the Transatlantic Middle Passage. This historical experience produced a space for visual investigation through the exploration of the notion of identity from the perspective of the periphery where history has been written and molded by Colonialism.
Her investigations are therefore a kind of counter narratives that reflect her concept of being a human as a praxis.
Marielle Plaisir’s past exhibitions which have highlighted identity issues have included important projects such as: ‘The Crazy Dog’ (2001-2004, Guadeloupe / Dominican Republic/ St-Louis & Dakar of Senegal); ‘The Way of the Angels’ (2009- 2011, Guadeloupe / France / Morocco); and ‘Queens’ (2009-2011, Caribbean / Italy).
In this process, Marielle Plaisir engages the deconstruction and reconstruction of a world in which no one 'dominates' or 'reigns’, but a world in which we can move freely from the reality of life to the capacity of imagination.
Her recent installations in the US include, 'Acta non Verba' at MOCA, of Miami, spring 2016 and Bordeless Caribbean / Art Basel Miami, curated by Edouard Duval -Carrié.