Molly Hatch, Crescere, USA, 2017
Using ceramic surfaces as both her canvas and subject matter, Molly Hatch extends her historically-inspired contemporary repertoire with Crescere, a hand-painted wall installation.
Composed of 37 earthenware hand-painted plates, the glazed surface of Crescere becomes a fragmented canvas for Hatch’s delicate, painterly re-rendering based on an early thirteenth-century Islamic plate from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Innovations in early Islamic luxury ceramics from this time include minai ware, which introduced polychrome enamel designs and gilding onto previously glazed and fired pottery. Installed in a geometric honeycomb pattern, each round surface serves as a canvas for the artist’s brush strokes; together, the plates reveal the intricate abstract floral motif of their source material.
In the past decade, the name Molly Hatch has become synonymous with contemporary ceramics. Hatch’s ceramic installations, inspired by historical decoration, have been exhibited and collected all over the world and garnered her a loyal and fervent following. Todd Merrill Studio has represented Hatch since 2013.
As Hatch works on a commission basis, custom designs may be requested.
Medium: 37 Hand-Painted Earthenware Plates with Glaze, Underglaze and Gold Luster
Dimensions: 84” H x 6’5” W x 1 1/5” D, 213.36 H x 165.1 W x 3.05 D cm
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