Molly Hatch, Quand On Aime Tout est Plaisir: After Fragonard, USA, 2013
Inspired by the eighteenth-century paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Quand On Aime Tout est Plaisir was presented as part of the 2013 “New Blue and White” exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition’s curator, Emily Zilber, writes: “The widespread dissemination of blue and white was reliant on the ability to print on clay. Hatch takes this one step further, treating ceramic plates as surfaces on which to translate images of swinging lovers from the eighteenth-century paintings of Fragonard— which themselves would have been spread through prints. Hatch uses Mishima, a Japanese slip inlay technique; its blue lines create a cross-hatched image that can only be read in its entirety when viewing the whole installation. Individually, each plate provides a second frame for Hatch’s drawing. This allows for both figural and abstract representation, and speaks to moments of invention inherent in the translation between the printed image and its source.“
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 works may be requested.
Source: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, “Quand On Aime Tout est Plaisir“
Medium: Porcelain Plates
Male 55” H x 45” W x 2” D, 139.7 H x 114.3 W x 5.08 D cm
Female 75” H x 55” W x 2” D, 190.5 H x 139.7 W x 5.08 D cm
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