Marsha Mack

May 2nd - September 3rd, 2022

Where are you from?

San Rafael, CA, by way of Denver, CO

What inspires you?

Color, flavor, nuance

What materials do you gravitate towards to create your work?

Ceramic is my first and primary love, though I am drawn to all kinds of materials including imported Asian candies, semi-precious and precious gemstones, and lately, sub-flooring foam.

What is your work?

My work ranges from sculptural ceramics, to installation, featuring the occasional performance. I am continually intrigued by cool materials and found/mass-produced items, particularly those that engage the senses. I am inclined towards over-decoration, the color pink, and actively challenging preconceptions of taste and value via an intentionally feminized aesthetic. 

Who do you look up to or look towards for inspiration?

I look to artists who take risks and who have portfolios with distinct vision realized in varying formats. The weirder the better.

How do you manage your time?

As I am an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, I have summers off and semesters on hyperdrive. Even now, in the height of summer, creating space for focused quality studio time is a negotiation. Making lists helps, coffee helps even more. 

What advice do you have for other creatives?

Go to the studio and do the work. Even studio time spent staring at a wall is important; logging hours is crucial whether it feels productive or not. 

What is your favorite thing to cook and/or eat?

Food is hugely important to me – I’m a very happy eater!

My favorite thing to eat any and all the time is Pho dac biet (Vietnamese beef pho with the works), preferably at a hole in the wall/hidden gem restaurant.

Where is somewhere in the world you hope to visit?

I’m an adventure and food motivated traveler with a fixation on SE Asia. Lately I am lusting over street food in Indonesia, but Japan is also quite high up on the list. 

What does the world need more of right now?

Hard looks in the mirror.


Visit Marsha’s website here to learn and see more!

The CAC’s Artist in Residence program is made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council.