Mary Hatch

 
 

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"Bouquet Day", oil on linen, 48" x 34"

 

 

I was surprised when brides began finding their way into my paintings & even more surprised when they refused to leave - always a sign that something needs to be said. Not surprisingly this has now evolved into a series of paintings based on wedding photographs that friends & family have been kind enough to loan me. Not portraits, but charming evidence of the social change revealed in our rituals.

Today's brides have transformed themselves by their dress & their demeanor - not quite traditional but still mindful of tradition. Much like our world is being transformed by technology requiring us to develop new social norms as we move toward an ambiguous future.

 

   

Series:

Brides
like dancers
arrive unbidden
randomly populating my paintings.
A rich tapestry of meaning
too obscure to grasp
attends their presence.
The myriad details
of our visual history
appears recorded in their gowns.