1967 - 1981
In the 1960s, drawing became and would remain a more integral part of Hedda Sterne’s artistic practice than it had been in the past. Her first extensive series of ink on paper are dense, meditative explorations of organic forms through thin lines. Some she referred to as Lettuces and others Baldanders: a combinations of the German words for "soon" and "other/different."
In 1967, Hedda Sterne was awarded a fellowship to attend Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. In May and June, she completed a series of lithographs exploring her dual interests of the past decade, the organic Lettuces and constrained Horizontals. Overall, the series alternates between sparse and linear landscapes, and dense organic formations.
Sterne would continue exploring the juxtaposition of organic forms and atmospheric space, with a series of large Lettuce paintings, followed by a series she called Signs.