Susanna Bauer works with natural leaves and crochet, creating an intimate dialog with nature.
Found leaves are repaired, embellished and combined using handmade lace crochet – a laborious traditional technique relying on tension, set in direct relationship to the fragile natural material. The resulting forms are a meditation on the beauty and intricacy found in the natural world and a reflection of complex and tender relationships both within ourselves and our environment.
There is a fine balance in her work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.
‘Domestic Bliss’, Beaux Arts Bath
Affordable Art Fair, New York
Solo show, Le Salon Vert, Switzerland
LA Art Show, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Los Angeles
Solo show ‘Tree Songs’, Plus 106, Tokyo
dpi magazine, Taiwan, October 2021
TATTER magazine, USA, May 2021
Flow magazine, France, Spring 2020
This Is Colossal, blog interview, March 2020
Surface Design magazine, USA, January 2020
Observer, UK, June 2019
The Guardian, June 2019
Public Art magazine, China, 2019
Sculpture magazine, USA, October 2018
Crafts magazine, UK, May/June 2016
BRAND magazine, China, Autumn 2015