Valerie Huhn

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Polaroid Fingerprint Grid, 2007, 96" x 33"
Fingerprint Golf Shoes, 2014, 16" L x 15" W x 7" H
Fingerprint Mural March-April, 2013, 120" x 45"
Fingerprint Bureau, 2007-2015, 54" H x 32" W x 23" D
Fingerprint Sea Glass Installation, 2014-2015, Sizes Variable
Artist's Statement

People have used fingerprints for mark-making since the earliest recorded days of civilization and were often used as a signature of the artisan. Yet fingerprints today are far more likely to be used for marking others than for stamping a claim of ownership or creation. And for all their apparent individual information, fingerprints tell us nothing about age, race, income, or anything else about a person that can be used for enforcing social constructs that define categories of oppression.

Where fingerprints were once used as a symbolic action of pride, they have now become a passive action—we are fingerprinted. I am interested in bringing humanity back to the fingerprint—whether in obsessive repetitious patterns or the intimate setting of a personal bureau that houses our second skin.

The fingerprint work in this series is created with my right index finger. Each print is catalogued with the date it was created beneath it.


Valerie Huhn moved to the New York City area to pursue a life of art and education at The New School – Parsons and the School of Visual Arts. She then moved west and completed her BFA and MFA degrees at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Valerie works in a variety of media from photography and video to mixed-media to sculpture and site-specific installation. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and internationally. Residencies include time in Long Beach Island, NJ and Aspen, CO. In 2014, she won studio a studio residency with chashama in New York City. Her work is in the MoMA Books Collection as well as private collections. She has won numerous awards, including several for her recent fingerprint work, which continues to provide her with new material and ideas to explore.