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   Lily Prince

Reflection(Hydrangea) and Rhododendron Revisited, Fingerprints with acrylic on wood panel, 2004-2005, 2004-2005


Reflection(Hydrangea) and Rhododendron Revisited

Completion Date:

2004-2005, 2004-2005


Fingerprints with acrylic on wood panel


48" x 68", 48" x 68"


Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Forensic Biology Laboratory


421 East 26th Street, Manhattan


Perkins Eastman Architects

Sponsor Agency:

Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Design Agency:

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York


Lily Prince's paintings synthesize a fingerprint mark making technique within an organic abstraction.  Based on the pattern of leaves within a rhododendron bush, gone obsessively awry, she created Rhododendron Revisited.  Reflection Hydrangea is a recollection of reflected color viewed at a distance.

Prince's imagery derives from biology with pattern suggesting organic geometry and the ordered chaos of the natural world.  Each image implies the scientific perfection of patterns in nature, yet is made chaotically with thousands of marks.  One senses a reverberation, like waves of sound or light, which echo the time and movement of the release of energy inherent in transformation.

About the Artist...
Lily Prince received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984 and her MFA in painting from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in 1991.  As part of her degrees, Prince studied on RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome and participated in the Bronx Museum’s Art-in-the-Marketplace Program. Prince’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally and have been commissioned for private and public spaces.  She works as a painter and photographer in New York

Artist Quote...
"I use fingerprints to avoid any intervention between my hand and the page.  The amount of pressure of the touch of my fingers determines the value of the mark, like playing an instrument.  Using fingerprints allows me to attain the most varied range of value with emphasis on the lightest marks, in order to create a shimmering, pulsating sensation. "