Lori Talcott is a Seattle-based visual artist, the fifth generation in a family of watchmakers and jewelers. 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 studies in art history at Lund University and Washington State University (BA) and metal design at University of Washington (BFA), Talcott worked as an apprentice to a master silversmith in Norway. She later completed her graduate work in visual arts at Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Talcott has received two Washington State 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. Talcott is a frequent visiting artist and critic in the United States and Europe, and for the past ten years she has held the position of Guest Lecturer in the graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design. Most recently, Talcott was a visiting professor at University of South-Eastern Norway.