This painting, with its vanishing point that doubles as botanical design, is a marker of Stockman's pandemic refuge in seed catalogues and garden journals. English filmmaker, poet and plantsman Derek Jarman inspired her to research, plant and paint a number of English flowers in her small Los Angeles garden, including primula. The name comes from the Latin prima rosa, meaning the "first rose” of spring.
Lily Stockman builds up linen surfaces in layers of luminous oil to create her distinctive and highly personal canvases of biomorphic shapes, planes and borders. Her work draws from her affinity for the natural world as well as her interest in the organizing principles of different structures, including poetic meter and musical form. Her apprenticeship studying miniature painting in India and her love of landscape both inform her artistic practice.