We’ve told you about Molly Hatch’s work before. The artist paints ceramic plates, often drawing inspiration from older works, and arranges these into clusters so that a larger macro-picture emerges from the smaller components.
Physic Garden, one of Hatch’s clusters, is on display at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta through this year. The two-story-tall work is comprised of 475 plates, featuring an original design by Hatch who was inspired by two ca. 1755 Chelsea Factory plates, which come from the museum’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics. The museum states it is Hatch’s largest project to date. The work draws its name from the Chelsea Physic Garden, founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries in London.
Hatch said of the work: “I encourage the viewer to see ceramics as a part of the fine art continuum – viewing plates as one would view a painting,” said Hatch. “For this installation, I’ve re-worked the surface imagery to create a new composition that reflects the historic. The artwork becomes an exploration of the relationship between the historic and the contemporary – crossing over categories of decorative art, design and fine art.”
Despite her very busy schedule, Molly Hatch has created a limited edition plate exclusively for CFile and it is available for sale at the CFile Shop.
Above image: A still image from a time-lapse video showing the installation of Molly Hatch’s Physic Garden at the High Museum. Image courtesy of the Museum.
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