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Q&A with Lori Talcott | 1997 Fellowship, Craft

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Lori Talcott, Homeopathic Objects.

Q: What kind of art do you make?
A: As a visual artist, I focus primarily on the format and subject matter of jewelry. I am interested in what jewelry is doing in the world as a performative object and as an agent in rituals that negotiate social, temporal, and spiritual boundaries.

Q: What did you use your award for?
A: My fellowship award funded two research trips, one to Eastern Europe and one to India. These shifted my work in significant ways – both formally and conceptually, the outcome of which was a one-person exhibition the following year.

Q: What was the impact of this award/Artist Trust on your art career/life?
A: Looking back, the year I received my award was a turning point in regards to my career. Besides the financial support that the Artist Trust Fellowship provided, the recognition I received meant a great deal to me personally as well as professionally. The work from the aforementioned exhibition developed further into a body of work that was shown in my first international exhibition, some of which became part of several important private and public collections. For all of this, I will always be grateful to Artist Trust.

Lori Talcott is a Seattle-based studio jeweler. After studying art history at Lund University (Sweden) and Metal Design at the University of Washington, she worked as an apprentice to master silversmith Hilde Nødtvedt in Norway. 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. She is currently a Guest Lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design.