Lori Talcott is a Seattle-based visual artist, the fourth generation in a family of jewelers and watchmakers. Through the format of jewelry, her work and research engage with contemporary theories on magic, object agency, and the nexus of language and matter. Her performance projects explore the role of jewelry as a rhetorical device, and in this capacity, how it functions as an agent in rituals that negotiate social, temporal, and spiritual boundaries.
After her undergraduate studies in art history at Lund University and Washington State University (BA), and metal design at University of Washington (BFA), Talcott trained as an apprentice to a master silversmith in Norway. She completed her graduate work in visual arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Talcott has been the recipient of many awards and grants, including two Washington Artist Trust Fellowships and an Arts Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Rotassa Foundation. She is a frequent visiting artist and critic in the US and Europe and for the past ten years has held the position of Guest Lecturer in the graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design.
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