Marsha Mack’s texturally rich, process-intensive sculptures and performances focus on decadence, decoration, and beauty, with an emphasis on materiality. Aesthetically a maximalist, Mack is a firm believer that “more is more”. With materials ranging from glazed ceramic to candy wrappers, ideas are pursued through layered textures, colors, and sensory experiences. Frequently leaning on personal versus universal symbols, nostalgia, and mixed race identity for conceptual grounding, Mack's approach honors playfulness and introspection as equals.
Mack states, “For the past several years I have been working on an overarching project that has branched into several bodies of work. At the center of this project is an inquiry into mixed race identity and the signifiers of my experience as a Vietnamese and caucasian American woman. How and when I choose to claim my Vietnamese identity, the commercial products, food, and objects that have qualified my understanding of my heritage, and my lifelong negotiation between belonging and difference, are recurring themes that I continue to renew as site of exploration.”
Mack exhibited artwork and projects with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Denver, CO), Black Cube Nomadic Museum (Englewood, CO), Lane Meyer Projects (Denver, CO), PØST Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI). Marsha is currently a ceramics instructor at Foothills Park and Recreation District (Littleton, CO), the Associate Director of David B. Smith Gallery (Denver, CO), and is an artist in residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Denver, CO).
Marsha Mack was awarded MFA in ceramics and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women's and Gender Studies from Syracuse University, and BFA in ceramics from San Francisco State University.
Curatorial Statement by Daisy McGowan, Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art
Great Expectations is the fourth in a series of biannual survey exhibitions featuring emergent career artists living and working in a specific geographic area of Colorado. Over a two year period, I was privileged to conduct numerous studio visits connecting with artists working up and down the I-25 Front Range corridor in Colorado. The eleven invited artists are exploring and innovating through their respective practices, pushing the contemporary art field as a result. While by no means exhaustive, Great Expectations highlights artists working and living in the most populated areas of the state which have undergone dramatic growth and change in the past two years.
The 2020 edition of Great Expectations features new work in a range of media, including painting, sculptural installation, monumental fiber art, video and new media including Virtual Reality technologies at our downtown Colorado Springs gallery site.
This exhibition aims to introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we can surely expect great things.
Marsha Mack, Miss Vietnam, ao dai dresses, wallpaper, strawberry Pocky, mixed media, found materials, dimensions variable. 2018.