Audra Jacot’s work celebrates the empowerment of sexuality. With the tactility and eroticism of clay, she reflects on the idea of woman as functional vessel by creating phallocentric, yet androgynous creatures and glaze them with white, perversely elegant Majolica glaze – a faux porcelain – which renders them semen-esque. This combined with the exhibitionist quality of neon, comments on the symbiotic relationship of pornography and technology.
Jacot recently received her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied Art and Technology. Her work was recently featured in Bravo’s 100 Days of Summer. She was also named one of VAM Magazine’s Top 20 Chicago Influencers of 2015.
She is currently the Chief Curator for FLATSstudio Galleries in Chicago as well as the Tech Coordinator for the CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37.
I work in ceramics, sculpture, technology, video, and light. My work celebrates the empowerment of sexuality. It responds to a repressed lineage by embracing and glorifying itself. I invite viewers to embrace their own desires as well as my own.
Tactile and erotic, clay allows me to perform and chronicle sexual gestures employed in both my artistic and personal practice. Kneading, stroking, petting, rubbing, pulling, and squeezing are but a few of the movements I use to manipulate the clay, the muddy texture in my hand simultaneously evoking childhood memories and sensual, adult feelings. As opposed to using porcelain, which is pure and pristine, I enjoy working with ‘dirty’ clay bodies. Reflecting the idea of woman as functional vessel, I treat my figurines with domestic, food-safe glazes. Ironically, white, perversely elegant Majolica glaze – a faux porcelain – renders them semen-esque. Through these techniques I create phallocentric, yet androgynous creatures and satirically childlike, perverse Precious Moments figurines. There is also a series of characters from well-known fairy tales, that note a long history of desire and punishment.
I use the exhibitionist quality of neon. My ejaculatory neon bridges figures. They suggest neither shame nor gaze, but a sexual declaration of personal empowerment. Pornography’s influence in revolutionizing technology has inspired me to explore and integrate electronics in my own work, commenting on their symbiotic relationship.