Molly Hatch, Illume, USA, 2016

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

Using ceramic surfaces as both her canvas and subject matter, Molly Hatch extends her historically-inspired contemporary repertoire with Illume, a hand-painted wall installation. Illume is a contemporary example of chinoiserie, a popular seventeenth and eighteenth-century aesthetic movement that persists today. 

Composed of 45 earthenware hand-painted plates, the glazed surfaces of the plates collectively become 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. With a shimmering 11-karat gold gilded background, Illume contemporizes the historic work of art.

In 2009, Hatch’s career took off after she was awarded the prestigious Arts/Industry Residency in Pottery at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. Since then, Hatch’s work has been in high demand. 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 as Caughly 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. In 2016, the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in Korea exhibited a selection of wall installations by the artist.

As Hatch works on a commission basis, custom works may be requested.

Dimensions: 50” W x 90” H x 1.5” D

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