Molly Hatch, Illume, USA, 2016

Molly Hatch, Illume, USA, 2016
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Molly Hatch, Illume, USA, 2016

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 eighteenth-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 of the work becomes a fragmented canvas for Hatch’s delicate, painterly re-rendering of a blue and white lidded vase, sourced from an eighteenth-century French watercolor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Surrounded by a shimmering 11-karat gold luster background, Illume deconstructs the past through a shimmering, painterly expression of the present.

Hatch’s work has been widely collected, 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 work, was installed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, as well Caughley Landscape, another installation commissioned by the museum and the Woodruff Arts Center.   Chronicle Books published Hatch’s first illustrated book of paintings in March of 2015.

As Hatch works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality and source inspiration may be accommodated for a bespoke plate painting installation.

Dimensions: 50” W x 90” H x 1.5” D

Materials: 45 hand painted earthenware plates with glaze, underglaze and gold luster

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