1990 - 1998

In the early 1990s, Sterne's work on canvas began to return to organic forms. Expanding the visual language she had developed throughout the 1980s in her Patters of Thought series, this new series allows indications of trees, branches, figures and forms to interrupt strong vertical and horizontal lines. By 1997, at the age of 87, Sterne began working exclusively on paper, exploring the same themes through the lens of her declining field of vision.

Hedda Sterne, The Flying Tree, 1993, Colored pencil, pastel on paper, 12 in. x 9 in. (30.48 cm x 22.86 cm)

Hedda Sterne, The Flying Tree, 1993, Colored pencil, pastel on paper, 12 in. x 9 in. (30.48 cm x 22.86 cm)

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1994, Graphite, colored pencil on paper, 14 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (36.83 cm x 29.21 cm)

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1994, Graphite, colored pencil on paper, 14 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (36.83 cm x 29.21 cm)

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1996, Mixed media on paper, 16 1/8 in. x 12 1/4 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1996, Mixed media on paper, 16 1/8 in. x 12 1/4 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1993, Colored pencil, pastel on paper, 14 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, c. 1996, Oil, pastel on canvas, 40 in. x 26 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, c. 1992, Mixed media on canvas, 46 in. x 28 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, c. 1992, Mixed media on canvas, 46 in. x 28 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1994, Graphite, colored pencil on paper, 14 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1997, Mixed media on canvas, 58 in. x 25 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, c. 1994, Oil on canvas, 58 in. x 25 in.