Molly Hatch’s Paragon was made sourcing Chinese ornament patterns from Owen Jones’ nineteenth-century archives. Paragon extends Hatch’s series of works in which she explores the relationship between the historic and the contemporary through the deconstruction of traditional patterns. In one of her most abstract works, Hatch re-contextualizes a historic floral surface pattern through painterly brush strokes over 63 porcelain plates. Hand-painted with glaze, underglaze, and 11-karat gold luster, each plate reveals Hatch’s unique approach to painting— through the use of abstracted lines, bold forms, and captivating plays between positive and negative space. Together, the plates form a unique wall installation, reawakening interest in the historic through a 21st-century technique and aesthetic.
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 the spring of 2014, Physic Garden, a monumental 456-plate work, was installed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, as well 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.
As Hatch works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality and source inspiration may be accommodated for a bespoke plate painting installation.
A full color catalogue of Hatch’s work is available by request through Todd Merrill Studio.
Dimensions: 70″ W x 90″ H x 1.5″ D
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