Theme/Style Modernism, Abstraction
Media Oils, murals, lithography
Artistic Focus One of the few Southern California Modernists to fully understand and reflect the influence of Kandinsky, Elise Seeds (who used just “Elise” as her artist’s identity) created works which were arrangements of pure line and simple, two-dimensional geometric shapes. Some established a linkage with representational objects, while others were totally nonobjective. Elise’s work was inspired by natural forms, in which the artist saw an innate rhythm and balance, and from which she could reduce those forms to their essence, their smallest possible denominator.
• After studying art in her home state of Pennsylvania,
and then studying dance in the 1920s with Isadora Duncan, Elise Seeds
came to California in the 1930s to act as W.C. Fields's comic partner
in the Ziegfeld Follies.
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