Lori Talcott grew up in a family of jewelers and watchmakers. She was taught that one could make anything, and that jewelry is inherently imbued with power and magic. Through the format of jewelry, her work and research engage with contemporary theories on magic, the agency of objects, 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 work in art history at Lund University and Washington State University (BA), and metal design University of Washington (BFA), Talcott worked as an apprentice to a master silversmith in Norway, and later earned an MFA in visual art. She 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 critic and visiting artist and for the past ten years she has been a Guest Lecturer in the graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design.
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