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With her Covers, Cécile Plaisance humorously parodies the front pages of magazines. Her “Cover Girl” is a summons to a cheeky strip show. An audacious invitation, which dares to hook in our gaze. “Follow me” it says; a beautiful lure which could be accompanied by the suave voice of Juliette Greco intoning her inimitable phrase, “undress me, not straight away; not too quickly, learn to covet me (…), desire me, capture me, consume me …”
In this series, women are taken, eaten, devoured. In a shopping cart, a glass, or simply naked, they are there to be consumed without moderation. The magic of female eroticism. The Playmate sells herself in a fast food version, in a veil, or a Chanel suit. Reflecting the tenets of Pop Art, Plaisance applies the stereotypes of advertising and invites us to look beyond the manipulations of the system in which we live: the tyranny of religions, the lies of consumer society, the excesses or appearance, universal machismo.
Did God create Woman so that she should remain hidden? That would be sacrilege. Women are so much more beautiful than their “Creator” imagined them to be! So they should deploy their talent on the covers of all magazines. Their beauty should be displayed, naked, beautiful and insolent … Why wouldn’t they be pretty, intelligent and madly attractive? It should always be remembered that “a free woman is far from being a woman of dubious morals”.
One thing is certain, Cécile Plaisance’s women in negligees will never neglect themselves.
by Hortense Marhic