in THE LAB
Lori Talcott | Homeopathic Objects
July 24 – October 4
Can one wear the inside on the outside? Can jewelry reflect or document an interior landscape while simultaneously bearing witness to our outer experiences? These questions are at the heart of Homeopathic Objects. Stemming from the Latin homeo, “same,” and pathos, “to suffer, feel emotion,” the word homeopathic evokes the associative mode of thinking – meaning made through metaphor and similarities – that anchors this work. Based on the concept similia similibus curentur, “likes are cured by likes,” Homeopathic Objects draws on James Frazer’s theory of “sympathetic magic,” the belief in an indelible tether that binds people, places, and objects across time and distance, and the notion that like cures like. According to this premise, all objects have the potential to become “homeopathic” objects.
Historically and cross-culturally systems of magic have customarily been practiced for the purpose of affecting the future, controlling the forces of nature, and protecting the wearer from physical or metaphysical harm. Although Homeopathic Objects descends from this genealogy, it is less about commanding external, metaphysical entities and more about a material metaphor having the capacity to affect the embodied experience of the wearer. This premise relies on our contemporary belief in the efficacy of objects, the metaphorical associations we make with those objects, and the outcomes of these associations. Mirroring the interior condition or emotions of the wearer, this jewelry is meant to be curative and reparative, as well as protective.
Lori Talcott is a Seattle-based studio jeweler. She is the recipient of two Washington Artist Trust fellowships and an Arts Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her work is in numerous private collections, the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, and the Tacoma Art Museum. After studying art history at Lund University (Sweden) and Metal Design at the University of Washington, she worked as an apprentice to a master silversmith in Norway. She is currently a Guest Lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design.