Molly Hatch, ‘Recite’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio
Molly Hatch, ‘Recite’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio
Molly Hatch, ‘Recite’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio
Molly Hatch, ‘Recite’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio
Molly Hatch, ‘Recite’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio

Recite is the first in a new body of work–a collaborative exploration of the textile and wall covering collections at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. “After meeting with textile curator Susan Brown and looking through the archives of the Cooper-Hewitt collections, I was inspired to work with this 18th century floral textile as the source imagery for Recite. Exploring how the eye reads surface pattern, Molly Hatch has deconstructed the repeat pattern by highlighting select floral motifs on the surface of hundreds of porcelain plates. Riffing on the historic as a musician may riff on a musical score, I offer Recite as my contemporary reinterpretation of this historic pattern.”

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 painting, was installed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and in 2015 Chronicle Books of San Francisco published a book of her work. In 2016, the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in Korea exhibited a selection of wall installations by the artist. As the artist works on a commission basis, custom works can be created through Todd Merrill Studio.

Dimensions: 120″ W x 60″ H x 2″ D

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