We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie-Clare Treseder Gorham and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marie-Clare, what are you inspired by?
I’m drawn to paradoxes and riddles, as much as scalloped silhouettes. I love to marry old notions of beauty with visual metaphors; some young, some not.

Meaningful motifs are woven throughout my work, often drawn from my own grandmother’s ceramic practice, as much as ol’ favorites like the California Arts + Crafts movement.

Presently, I’m particularly bewitched by redwork embroidery, the “dark forest theory,” and making things in miniature, {sawing smaller projects has proven more difficult than I anticipated!}

Most of all, I am inspired by people who spend their lives making things with their hands.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Working on wood is a recent addition to my practice, which is still predominately painting textile art and patterns by hand. My sawing is still amateur, I’m sure, but I’ve loved learning how to jig-saw the shapes I’m most attracted to.

Further, just added twenty more cards to my first hand-painted card deck, making it a series of 100 — the symmetry of the series is most exciting to me; a painterly mixture of logic and mysticism.

I do love a challenge. Locally, I cut my teeth painting public works and murals, {while still nursing our newborn.} I’m pulled towards projects which enable independence — living in a little village has helped my practice maintain its character, {one hopes.}

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I identify as old-fashioned, {read: a total sucker for any high tea service!} and the Getty Villa is a must-see.

For our little coastal hamlet — Carmel-by-the-Sea, California — I would immediately suggest the Stationæry for all things sustenance, Bee, Bark, and Moss next door, (we, in fact, just released an embroidery collab!) the Joaquin Turner Gallery, Hofsas House, Flanders Mansion, the studio of Charles Sumner Greene; and stretching out in our region, it’s a must to see the Cooper Molera Adobe (both Alta and Cella,) the Stokes Adobe, and the Emile Norman estate.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My dear friend artist Torryne Choate has long-served as both aspiration and inspiration for me. A floral artist, ceramicist, mother, and chef — she makes everything she touches, (except perhaps her Volvo.) Her enviable work ethic and impressive artistry lend clarity to all those around her. Thanks Torryne!

Website: https://linktr.ee/marie_clare

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie_clare_/

Image Credits
Precious Hart

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