"There is a living human being hidden beneath each of these freaky-looking models."
"Her work wraps normal people in the shell of celebrity, pop culture, or historical figures as a form of living art. Although at first it looks like a grotesque depiction of recognizable people, and the artistic merit may be questionable, the form is actually a meticulously crafted and philosophically relevant analysis of culture and the way that people in the public eye are perceived by the masses.
Celebrities are praised for their beauty and perfection, yet that isn’t what makes them so desirable or recognizable, as Desmeules’ work shows. It is actually the very fact of their fame and prominence that draws us to them; they are as grotesque and outside the realm of normalcy as anyone with a humpback or a facial deformity. Our attraction is just as powerful in the opposite direction."
John J. Staughton, Inventor Spot
"Marie-Lou Desmeules, an amateur surgeon a French-Canadian professional artist who uses pure pigment to transform living models into bizarre sculptures of surreal celebrity lookalikes. Desmeules piles on paint like it’s frosting, tweaking and tempering until her human subjects look like deranged versions of Barack Obama, Pamela Anderson or Elvis Presley. Like the lovechild of Alexa Meade and Jaimie Warren, with a little Madame Tussauds thrown in." - Priscilla Frank
Upon viewing Desmeules’ finished product, one might be inclined to assume it was created at an LSD-induced papier-mâché party.