Frances Hatch - Earth Matters
12 July - 30 August
This show celebrates Hatch’s infectious pleasure in witnessing change in the landscape: shifting season, ebb and flow of water, earth movement, light and weather. In this exhibition Hatch shares her very latest pieces inspired by her recent experience of costal change.
Direct work in the landscape is central to the artist’s practice. Hatch choses a site and then will forage for her palette from the ground around her, picking up earth, clay, chalk, sand, litter and other organic matter. The landscape is literally incorporated into her final work.
“Each site has its own palette and demands something particular of me… at times I integrate colour (gouache, acrylic of watercolour) with what is available in the landscape and at others the found material offers all”, Hatch has commented. “By foraging for tools and pigments I make discoveries about a place that I might otherwise miss. If I return, even a day later, a different set of possibilities arise because I’m different and I’m encountering matter, water, light and air that continually fluctuate.”
Huon Mallalieu, Arts Correspondent for Country Life, said of Frances' work:
Frances Hatch forages earth, clay, chalk, sand, litter and other organic matter, and uses them to create landscapes as it were from themselves. The results may be semi-abstract, but powerfully tactile
The title of the show is central to the understanding of Hatch's work: the earth matters to her - the materiality of the world matters - the work is about the earth and is of the earth.
Click below for a gallery of images from the exhibition
For more information about the artist, click here