For her solo show Corps en Camaïeux, Marie Casaÿs thinks of the body in all its many shapes through a selection of more than 90 drawings tracing her practice back to the last four years.
Marie Casaÿs celebrates bodies, whether naked, accessorised, sexualised, in groups or alone, whole or fragmented. Erotism is key to her work, personified through suggestive positions, her pencil tracing a look, a wandering hand, or a curve. Inspired by real people, she sublimates and elevates them to sensual icons. Her illustrations highlight her search for representations that question stereotypes, established norms and the male gaze. The bodies she draws are diverse, fat, thin, racialized, with reduced mobility or marginalized, to illustrate that beauty isn’t limited to one body type. Through her work, she wants to portray a multiplicity of people and identities.
In her work, Marie Casaÿs makes her subjects stand out against her homogenous backgrounds, engaging the viewer with her technique, and her singular strokes, precise and colourful. With her coloured pencils, she creates bodies full of textures, inviting one’s wandering imagination to picture their softness, their voluptuous shapes, and strong lines.
Marie Casaÿs found her calling for erotic drawing shortly after her Masters in Graphic Design and started getting recognition with her series #boulidulundi on Instagram. Now celebrated for her unique style, she is often called to illustrate well-known publications such as Les Inrocks, Libération, les Éditions Kiwi, les Éditions J’ai Lu, Néon Magazine, Komitid, Usbek & Rica, etc.
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