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Molly Hatch extends her historically-inspired contemporary repertoire with Illume
JUNE 22, 2016

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Molly Hatch extends her historically-inspired contemporary repertoire with Illume

By DIMITRIS PANAGIOTIDIS | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

“Comprised of 45 earthenware hand-painted plates, the glazed surface becomes a fragmented canvas for Hatch’s delicate, painterly re-rendering of a blue and white lidded vase, sourced from an 18th century French watercolor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Surrounded by a shimmering 11 karat gold luster background, Illume simultaneously deconstructs the past through a shimmering, painterly expression of the present.”

Using the ceramic surface as both her canvas and subject matter, Molly Hatch extends her historically-inspired contemporary repertoire with Illume, a hand-painted wall installation. Offering a commentary on the circular nature of the use and trade of Chinoiserie, Illume is a visual commentary on aesthetic influence across time: from Chinese export vases to the 18th century French aristocratic tradition of their collection and portrayal, Illume furthers the subject matter by appropriating it into contemporary art. Comprised of 45 earthenware hand-painted plates, the glazed surface becomes a fragmented canvas for Hatch’s delicate, painterly re-rendering of a blue and white lidded vase, sourced from an 18th century French watercolor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Surrounded by a shimmering 11 karat gold luster background, Illume simultaneously deconstructs the past through a shimmering, painterly expression of the present.

Molly Hatch studied drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics and received her BFA at the Museum School in Boston in 2000. After several ceramic residencies and apprenticeships in the US and abroad, she received her MFA in ceramics at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2008. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Arts/Industry Residency in the Pottery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin which laid the foundation for her career as an artist designer with many retailers worldwide. Hatch’s work has been widely collected and commissioned and exhibited at art fairs nationally and internationally. In 2013 Hatch had a solo museum exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and was included in New Blue and White, a contemporary decorative arts exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2014, Physic Garden, a monumental 456-plate painting, was installed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, as well Caughley Landscape, another work commissioned by the museum and the Woodruff Arts Center. Chronicle Books published Hatch’s first illustrated book of paintings in March of 2015.

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