Artist Susanna Bauer works with found natural objects like leaves, wood and stone; incorporating them with crochet in unique and unconventional ways. Born in Germany, the artist studied landscape architecture at Munich’s Technische Universität and art at London’s Camberwell College of Art. She currently calls Cornwall, UK, home.
In an ongoing series of 3D leaf artworks, Bauer delicately crochets dried (and uncoated) leaves. On her website she explains:
“I just work very carefully with very small hooks and needles… It took me a very long time to get to know the limits of the materials I work with. When I start a piece of work I have a fairly clear idea what a particular leaf or piece of wood will allow me to do, so thankfully breakages are very rare these days.”
Scott Rothstein of Hand/Eye magazine adds:
“Bauer’s focus is intense, particularly when she is working with threads and leaves. Her art is considered and deliberate, suggesting a concentration akin to meditation. Although small in scale, each transformed leaf becomes an engaging miniature sculpture. It is hard to look at these pieces and not be mesmerized. The idea that something so small, fragile and insignificant as a leaf becomes the foundation of a sculpture challenges expectations and holds the viewer’s attention.”
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