We have a new artist on XConfessions!
Introducing Jacqueline Secor
I love that XC displays women’s liberation, sex positivity, diversity in bodies, and aesthetically pleasing work. I respect the positive change XC is creating within the male dominated porn industry – the inclusion of a woman’s perspective allows us to question the social and political landscape. What we think of as “norms” are often simply opinions and interpretations, and too often, those come from men.
How did you start working in such a beautiful style?
Growing up, I was surrounded by powerful women within the majestic Sierras of California, so I think it’s instinctual to depict beauty and strength within my work . My style is primal and organic. I work with watercolor, acrylic and discarded materials: old drawings, paper, and fabrics. I like the challenge of integrating delicate and heavy materials together to create something very textural.
Why paint vaginas?
Are you a feminist? And how does your work explore or reflectyour views on women/feminism/gender/sexuality?
I am a feminist. I feel very strongly about this topic because I was raised Mormon. As a young woman in the church I was taught to be an auxiliary to the priesthood, to be modest, and that my sexuality and body belonged to my husband . At twelve, boys become members of a “lesser priesthood”, and at nineteen become eligible for a “higher priesthood”. Members of either priesthood are the absolute authority in the church. Women are excluded from the priesthood. Because of Mormonism’s systematic oppression toward women, I removed my name from church records a few years ago. I want to artistically communicate overcoming a history of shame, misogyny and patriarchy.
If you could represent yourself with one image, what would it be?
What’s your relationship to porn and erotic content?
Most of the porn I’ve been exposed to has been cheap, repetitive and just…empty. So, I’ve never been one to search out porn. Being a visual artist has made me picky. When I really like a work of art it’s because it captures all my senses and makes me feel something – I think that’s why I’m so excited about LUST films, because your team pays attention to those details.
What’s in the future for your work?
The Diversity of Nature series has been my artistic focus since 2014 and although I continue to accept vulva commissions ( Email me for more info) I am eager to start new projects. I have another series that I continue to work on titled Defying Extinction , and hope to create a children’s book in that style with my mom and sister, Jillian Secor.
I have enjoyed showing in galleries and work towards having a solo exhibition in the near future!