Molly Hatch, ‘Aspire: After Meissen, USA’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Molly Hatch, ‘Aspire: After Meissen, USA’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Molly Hatch, ‘Aspire: After Meissen, USA’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio

Aspire is Molly Hatch’s newest plate painting made sourcing the iconic Meissen Porcelain Manufacturer’s Purple Indian tableware pattern. Aspire is the second in an ongoing series of works by Hatch that explores the relationship between the historic and the contemporary through the deconstruction of a traditional tableware pattern. Hatch re-contextualizes the historic surface pattern on her large-scale 6ft by 6ft ceramic surface by hand-painting the pattern on a group of 58 hand-thrown and decorated porcelain plates.This shift up in scale, combined with the cropping of the original pattern renders each individual plate both an abstraction and highlight of the original pattern—creating a new experience of the familiar.

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. This spring, Physic Garden, a monumental 456-plate painting, was installed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, as well Caughly 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.

About Molly Hatch

Molly Hatch scours textile and porcelain archives from museums around the world (the Victoria and Albert, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt, to name a few) as inspiration for her ceramic objects and installations. Hatch draws patterns from historic source materials, enlarging and editing them, and spreading the intricate designs across vases or groupings of plates. In her most ambitious installations at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the High Museum Atlanta, Hatch has hung hundreds of painted plates in colorful constellations that shift from figurative to abstract, depending on where the viewer stands. “Exploring how the eye reads surface pattern, I have deconstructed the repeat pattern by highlighting select floral motifs on the surface of hundreds of porcelain plates,” she says of the impetus behind her recent installation Recite (2014). “Riffing on the historic as a musician may riff on a musical score, I offer Recite as my contemporary reinterpretation of this historic pattern.”

American, b. 1978, Richland Center, Wisconsin, based in Florence, Massachusetts