Physic Garden, a 22-foot tall plate painting by Ceramics Critic Molly Hatch, opens in the lobby of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art this Saturday, March 15. Made of 500 hand-painted dinner plates, the colorful, complex piece is inspired by 18th-century dinnerware from the High’s Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics.
“I encourage the viewer to see ceramics as a part of the fine art continuum – viewing plates as one would view a painting,” says Hatch. “For this installation, I’ve reworked 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.”
Hatch’s work also appears in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar – in a feature about the renovation of the Manhattan home of fashion moguls Glen Senk and Keith Johnson. “My blue and white pieces are a large feature in their new kitchen design,” says Hatch.