Focused on personal relationships—breakups, seduction, affairs, friendship, family dynamics—Jacotey confronts the autobiographical with a wry sense of humor and irony. In addition to her work on paper, Jacotey’s drawings have been collated into large scale textile installations. Currently, she is also experimenting with collaborative filmmaking in the form of animation.
For Jacotey’s exhibition in New York, she will show a recent body of work that reflects a new direction in both medium and subject matter: in addition to colored pencils she has been working with dry pastels, and an increasing role of pattern and floral motifs populate the drawings. These may be read in the progression of her earlier subject matter, however, as floral motifs and patterns are almost always associated with the feminine. You pinned me down like a butterfly on the wall features both works on paper as well as smaller textile drawings. For example, Fleures in da sky, Fleurette , and Fleures Hystero in da sky do not feature her trademark human figures, yet their linear stalks suggest bodies. As the flowers overlap in Fleures in da sky one can envision two people—lovers or friends—in an intimate conversation. Floating over blue backgrounds with areas suggestive of clouds these new works recall untrained or outsider artists in their simplicity, confidence, and honesty.