Audra Jacot's work celebrates the empowerment of sexuality, emphasizing on being unapologetic and owning yourself and your desires. She works in multiple mediums, but her main loves are clay and neon. In confronting her own sexuality, she draws inspiration from her Filipina-Mormon upbringing.
Jacot received her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, through the Art & Technology Studies program. Her work has recently been featured in OpenTV's Emmy-nominated Brown Girls and Full Spectrum Feature's Make Out Party. She was also named one of VAM Magazine's Top 20 Chicago Influencers of 2015.
In 2016, she juried Woman Made Gallery’s One in Herself show, which confronted the traditional and contemporary definitions of the word ‘Virgin.’ 2017 was very busy as it brought about 2 solo shows (including one in Chicago Reader's "Best New Art Gallery," amfm gallery), artwork and a titlecard for Netflix's Easy, work at Lollapalooza and the Soho House, curating an all- neon exhibition, and fashion spreads in DesignerShare's Fall Look Book.
Currently living in Chicago, she continues to show work and curate at both traditional and DIY gallery spaces. She is currently part of The Condo Association art collective, whose mission is to empower and support the creativity and productivity of queer people, people of color, women, and other marginalized communities. You can catch her work in the web series Kappa Force, as well as Shea Couleé's latest music video, Crème Brûlée.
What makes the Chicago art scene so great?
Everyone is sooooo insanely supportive of your dreams! Everyone also seems to know each other. The longer you're in the Chicago scene, the smaller it feels.
If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?
Flight. I want to defy gravity like the wicked witch of the west.
What do you want etched onto your tombstone?
Rest in Power
Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
Who is your favorite Chicago artist?
Vivian Le ❤
What are you trading away first from your halloween candy bag and what are you trading for?
Trading anything with peanut butter for anything strawberry flavored 😋
If you could only have one Candy for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Chocolate covered red gummy bears
Who is your dream collab?
I'd love to collaborate with April O. Neil one day (my favorite porn star)
Who have been some of the most influential artists in your life?
Caroline Liu and Rashayla Marie Brown. They're 2 strong, talented, hard-working females that taught me how to hustle hard for your dreams.