MFA Boston 2013: New Blue and White

Curator Emily Zilber of the MFA 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 18th-century paintings of Jean-Honoré 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."