Marielle Plaisir combines painting, drawing and performance to present intense visual experiences. Plaisir’s work examines the concept of social domination. The common thread throughout her work is a critique of prejudice, according to which political power is supposedly “a natural fact.” Through her art, she declares that power is not a “natural fact” but, rather, a political one that emerges under specific conditions within specific socio-cultural and historical contexts. She engages in the deconstruction of those conditions and, in turn, in the reconstruction of a world in which no one “dominates” or “reigns”; instead, everyone moves freely between reality and imagination. This flexibility of visual expression allows the crossing of boundaries between home and migration; race and colour; day and night; life and death; waking and sleeping; lucidity and dreaming; reason and imagination.
Since 2002, Plaisir has exhibited in numerous group shows, and solo exhibitions throughout the world. She has participated in various International Biennials.