1969 - 1981

Hedda Sterne often thought of portraiture as separate from the rest of her body of work. But by the late 1960s, Sterne’s automatic drawings began to reflect her long-standing interest in the face and figure. Though primarily recognized for her abstractions, Sterne embraced this new turn, creating drawings and paintings of faces, figures and crowds. Particularly fascinated by the symbolic potential of a few lines and shapes, she created a large-scale installation of anonymous painted faces titled Everyone.

“When I do these faces the way I do, to me it’s like using the most simple, easily understandable language there is.”