1952 - 1958
In the early 1950s, Hedda Sterne's abstractions of her New York surrounding became experimentally more gestural, expressing a new interest in motion and light. By 1953, she had begun experimenting with cans of commercial spray paint, because, as she later explained, "it could not be done in skywriting with jet planes." She described feeling that New York was
"like a gigantic carousel in continuous motion - on many levels - lines approaching swiftly and curving back again forming an intricate ballet of reflections and sounds."
In 1956, Hedda Sterne traveled cross-country, driving through the northern mountain states to the West Coast, and through British Columbia to ferry to Alaska. After returning through California, across the southwest desert states and into northern Mexico, the southern U.S., and north along the mid-Atlantic coastline, Sterne soon began a new series of work inspired by the journey, a meditation on the roads and horizons.