Molly Hatch, Illume, USA, 2016

Molly Hatch, Illume, USA, 2016

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 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.

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.

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

A full color catalogue of Hatch’s work is available by request through Todd Merrill Studio.

Measurements: 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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