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Updates, Shoes, Work of Art, Etc.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Photo © Robert Banat, shoes and art ©Jaclyn Santos

I’m currently in the process of updating my homepage. I added a few images I’d already finished several months ago but just now put up. I’d like to add a lot more without removing the stuff that is already up, so I’m designing and reconfiguring all of that now. In the meantime, I would like to let you know of a very cool opportunity. My friends have been trying to get me to do this for a while but I just wasn’t sure about how lucrative it would be, and I didn’t want to take much time away from painting. But with all the talk about Work of Art Season 2, now is a better time than ever so here it is:

Everyone who knows me knows I paint all the time, so naturally the clothes and shoes I work in get covered in paint.  Well over this past year I did a lot of drippy, expressionistic brushwork and paint throwing in conjunction with my realist technique, and while I was making one painting I got distracted by the beautiful colors dripping all over my boots (see photo 1). I decided to just go with it “alla prima” and I loved the results. I would wear them to art events and people would just rave and say they’d pay all this money for them, but I never made them with the intention to market, I just made them because I thought they were cool and expressed my character. Then I decided to make another more streamlined pair  for some appearances I gave. Again, they got rave reviews. Finally, I made this awesome pair that got so many compliments I was told I’d be an idiot not to market them. (see photos 2 and 3)

So for about a month I’ve been trying to decide how to approach this. If there is enough of a demand, I’d like to order a few custom “Jaclyn Santos” designs — say, a classic pump, a ballet flat, and a boot — but I’d need to order the unpainted shoes in bulk and it’s expensive. So I am going to test the market (and all of you who told me you’d actually buy a pair) by beginning with a service rather than a “good”.  Right now, for the awesome price of $250 (return shipping included) I will paint a pair of custom shoes for you. All you have to do is deliver any pair of shoes to my studio; they can be brand new of totally worn down. I will make them look even better than new. For an extra fee, I will even have the soles and heels repaired at cost. I think this is an incredible deal and if/when I have my own prototypes made, the cost will triple. So now is the time to buy them! Plus, it’s eco-friendly :)

What’s great about these shoes is they are like jewelry for your feet. They are perfect for dressing up jeans or wearing with a little black dress. I guarantee you’ll get more compliments than you have on any shoes you’ve ever owned.

I know many of my fans would like to buy paintings but can’t afford to at the moment. While these aren’t paintings, this is a great way to own something hand made and completely original by me.  Every pair I make is painted “allaprima” or “in one sitting”. There are no patterns, so no two pairs will ever be the same. I will use only the finest leather stains and enamels on the shoes, so you won’t have to worry about the paint chipping – it won’t.

If interested, please email either at or with the subject “request for order form” and I will contact you right away with further instructions. Also, direct any other questions to those emails. Finally, if you happen to be a size 7, I have two really cool pairs available in my store. (click here). There are several smaller paintings, prints and drawings also available.

Thanks xo

© Jaclyn Santos

© Jaclyn Santos

Official Online Store Launch!

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Alert the Media!

While I was initially hesitant to sell artwork online, I have finally decided to launch an online store! → VISIT MY STORE HERE ← to see what I am currently offering.

Currently, the selection is limited to special edition digital c-prints. For original paintings, I have an official price list, and if you are interested feel free to contact me directly at:

What’s great is you can purchase directly from the site, it’s easy! Everything on the site is currently less than $500.00 — which is far less than what my paintings sell for.  Now, anyone who desires can own an original “Jaclyn Santos” ;)  This store is brand new so I’m hoping everything runs smoothly; if you experience any technical difficulties completing a transaction, please email me and I will address it. Also, please allow up to two weeks for the delivery of any purchase. Any purchase you make with me will always be insured.

I am so grateful to EVERYONE who has supported me since my appearance on Work of Art: the Next Great Artist. Your encouragement and support — through both words and purchases — has been incredibly empowering.

I also would like to make sure that all of my followers are up-to-date with all my official social media sites. If you are also a member of these social networks and not already following me on them, please do so to show your support!

My Official Facebook FanPage:

My Official Twitter Page:

My Official YouTube Channel: (right now the videos are all fairly old but I can’t wait to post new things to my channel!)

My Video Projects with ArtScout TV. CLICK HERE!

Jaclyn Santos at Art Basel MIAMI 2010 for ArtScout TV from on Vimeo.

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Sunday, August 29th, 2010


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Email me at to obtain my recently updated price list. I have many original paintings for sale, as well as some limited edition prints. I can provide detailed jpegs or if you are in the New York City area, arrange a studio visit. Thank you for your support!

So August 11th was the commencement of Work of Art. We all attended the finale party @ Brooklyn Museum. China Chow hooked it up and took me to see her friend Robert @ Marc Jacobs who gave me this awesome dress!

Finale Party @Brooklyn Museum, Me in Awesome Marc Jacobs Dress

Back to my typical routine, admittedly an amped-up version.  I was able to finally upgrade my studio to a larger and healthier space! Check it out below:

New Art Studio

New Photos in my studio by Jack Siegal:

You can check out more of his work @

The End

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I’m so happy for the three finalists and I wish them all nothing but the best.

So this episode marks the end of a year-long journey. Last July I learned about the open-call to audition for a show called the “Untitled Art Project”.  I knew nothing about the show other than that it would be a reality competition show formatted like Project Runway, that it would focus on contemporary art, and that Sarah Jessica Parker would produce it.

After auditioning and moving along in the casting process (still knowing very little about the show) I became very excited about it. I’m still relatively young, but succeeding as an artist is extremely difficult, and I had been working as a studio assistant for two years and desperately wanted more time to focus on my own work. A lot of people had told me they’d love to see me on a reality show, and the idea of it was rather enticing.


I caught a bad virus at the Children’s museum a few days earlier, and I was definitely debilitated.  It’s very unfortunate timing to get sick and I did everything I could to work despite my condition.  I used any spare moment to catch up on sleep and regain my energy.

There is a scene of me sleeping on the couch that, admittedly, looks bad. I was exhausted because we woke up around 5 am and had breakfast, then drove to Connecticut, scavenged for materials in the rain, ate lunch, and then went shopping at two hardware stores and at Utrecht for art supplies. We returned to the studio at approximately 8 pm. We had dinner and then I took an hour-long nap because I was so drained that I couldn’t even function at that point.  I genuinely don’t believe this nap affected the outcome of the competition, but I can see that it looks like I wasn’t trying very hard.

The title, “The End” is a double entendre that signifies the illusion of an end to the water – the horizon – and the end of my journey on this show. The image was anamorphic, meaning the horizon was only in correct perspective when viewed from one specific point. This took a great deal of calculation – the pole in front lined up PERFECTLY from this one point, and the rock and the ring felt almost like a sunset.  Everything aligned poetically.

Jaclyn Santos, The End, 2009

Ultimately, I like my approach to this challenge more than most of the other contestants’.  I found the single most beautiful object I could find in that particular space, and embedded it with new meaning by re-contextualizing it.  It actually feels like a very feminine, delicate piece and has a beautiful sense of balance. I like that the rock and image were unique and could only have come from the park we were at.

The rock represented me in this competition. The stone was not supposed to represent freedom; the water represented freedom.  The piece was about confinement verses freedom.  I found a beautiful rock that was stuck amidst the others on the shore and I wanted to metaphorically release it.  In the gallery it literally felt like it was moving in the water.

I certainly learned a lot from the experience. One thing a commenter pointed out was that it seems I actually “default” to using similar themes like water and reflections. This was something I realized too after the competition was over. I’ve been accused online of defaulting to nudity when I used it consciously and effectively; but when I didn’t know what to do I seemed to turn to these themes, almost subconsciously. This is something I have been exploring lately.

Winning Isn't Everything

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Terence Koh engaging with my work of art

As I watched this episode, I was so genuinely hurt. I had no idea Miles had said those things and it hurt because, 1.) It’s simply not true that my painting was his idea and 2.) I have been an advocate for Miles up until this point. I really admired his work on the show and had a great deal of respect for him as an artist. I am still really confused that he would be so disingenuous and I can’t believe he would try to take credit for my project.

It was my intention from the beginning to do a classical, nude image of a woman that was universal yet had a contemporary feel.  THIS was the concept, and was entirely my idea.

Miles then presented his idea of control/loss of control and I agreed it was an interesting way to make our pieces tie together, and I thought, “Sure, I can work with that.” Control was a running theme in both of our work, and I didn’t see a problem with this compromise. Miles and I then engaged in a long discussion about both of our pieces, offering mutual suggestions and feedback with ideas being shot down on both ends.

Regarding Miles’ comments: I find it difficult to believe that ANYONE would actually think I would have difficulty with this challenge, considering that my work for the PAST FIVE YEARS has been primarily about women and/or female sexuality. When I randomly picked male/female I was THRILLED!!! I was excited about this challenge and viewed at as an opportunity to build upon my typical body of work.

There were a few moments where I seem uncomfortable on the show: While I had no issue making a piece involving nudity or sexuality, I had a bit of a cold at the time (recall the children’s museum a few days ago…) and admit that part of me was not excited about being nude in front of video cameras. There is a very different kind of vulnerability in that situation.

The image I made feels sexual yet spiritual simultaneously due to the central composition, the white color (symbolizes purity), and by adding a wood structure that makes it feel like an altarpiece.

The reason I hung sheets around my work space was to protect my painting from the enormous amount of sawdust in the room which accumulated do to Miles not having a separate area to cut wood.

The majority of Art throughout history is about sexuality, spirituality, or both. Reconciling these two elements in my work is a running concern of mine.  Nudity in Art is a beautiful form of expression. Some of the most enigmatic paintings and sculptures ever created have been of the female nude. . I am proud of the final image that is produced in this challenge and find it to be thought provoking and critical.

Based on the work alone, I think Miles and I deserved to win. The individual pieces were harmonious in their contrasts and had enough ambiguity to prevent the narrative from being didactic. However, winning isn’t everything – and it certainly isn’t worth what I’m feeling right now.


***UPDATE! Miles Mendenhall called to apologize.

I will keep our discussion confidential, but I am glad that after seeing the episode he felt compelled to contact me.

Jaclyn Santos, "Female", 2009

A short pictorial ode to sexuality in Art:

Egon Schiele, Female Nude, 1914

Jeff Koons, Made in Heaven

Balthus, Guitar Lesson, 1934

Gustave Courbet, Origin of the World, 1866

MUST READ!!! Female Persuasion Interview

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Hey All!

I know you are just dying to see my new blog post for WOA.  I am working to get something up ASAP, I was so busy this week with my solo exhibition at DFN Gallery. I know many of my blog followers were able to attend so thank you! It was wonderful to see you there.

In the meantime, here is an article I know you will enjoy.

Violated and Validated: My Thoughts on Episode 4

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

I would like to say thank you to all of you who have been following my blog: I have received so many wonderful emails and comments and it is so encouraging to have your support.

Now I’ll get to the challenge. This episode, we were asked to make a shocking piece of art. A lot of people felt that this meant they needed to portray a shocking subject; I decided to manipulate an art medium in a “shocking” way. After all, what’s shocking about Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ isn’t that it’s degrading to Jesus – rather, it is that piss becomes beautiful!  As Abdi so innocently states, it looks like amber or beeswax, but not like urine. There are certainly all sorts of religious undertones to the piece, but degrading Jesus is not shocking.
So for my project, I decided to conquer an idea I’d been interested in for some time; the way certain female celebrities objectify themselves by posting ridiculous, sexy photos of themselves on internet sites such as twitter, myspace, etc…  Often these photos are low-resolution and snapped from cell phones.  I decided to portray them as a sort of “self-portraiture” and elevate them to fine art status by re-contextualizing them.  I decided to title it “Triple Self-Portrait in Bathroom”.  The title references artists like Andy Warhol (Triple Elvis) who are known for working with the idea of celebrity persona.

Jaclyn Santos, “Triple Self Portrait in Bathoom” 2009

From the very beginning I knew I wanted to incorporate text.  On these blogs and internet sites, the photos are “critiqued” in the way fine art is, and I wanted to compare the vulnerability of each.  After careful consideration, I decided to allow the viewer to write on the piece, like he would on a blog. I wanted to create a tension between the viewer as a voyeur and the viewer as a participant.

I recently recreated this piece at my open studio and here is the finished version:

Jaclyn Santos, “Self Portrait in Bathroom” 2010

In many ways these works deal with larger themes of acceptance: I created three images and gave complete control of them to the audience.  I created rules:

1. I was not allowed to alter the piece once the exhibit started.

2. The viewer is free to edit in any way he chooses.

The responses were varied and some even “shocked” me! Some people’s remarks directly corresponded to the imagery I presented while other marks were arbitrary. At the gallery, several people asked me if I felt offended by what people wrote or drew, and I replied that the piece really isn’t about me, it is about the viewer. I have given the piece over to the viewer.

Ryan Shultz states: “Jackie hates that the male gaze exists yet she is obsessed with it.”  This is actually a brilliant remark! It is this exact apparent contradiction that I and so many other women struggle with: reconciling the desire for empowerment with the desire to be desired. This piece addresses really pertinent issues of voyeurism, narcissism, male gaze and objectification.

With regard to the argument with Erik, it is so completely irrelevant. Artists bounce ideas off each other all the time. If he went to art school he would know this.  And his idea of putting a jar of markers out in the public is something that would be a natural response to the images I presented. I would never try to take credit for someone else’s idea, I sincerely had thought of this on my own. On another note, not only did I model for his piece, but I suggested as sternly as possible that he should refrain from writing “sex education” on his poster.  I actually liked Erik prior to this, but what I’ve learned about him is he takes everything completely literally.  He has difficulty, I believe, comprehending concepts such as subversion or irony.