in leaf

November 2, 2022

Given the fragility of leaves, I find it amazing that artist, Susanna Bauer is able to work with them the way she does. “It took me a long time to get to know the limits of the materials I work with,” she says of her intricately crocheted leaves. Her designs are as detailed as the tiny veins that run through each leaf. “There is a fine balance in my 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.” They’re so beautiful, and no doubt deeply meditative to create. I can’t imagine the focus, precision and calm Bauer brings to each leaf. Or is it the other way around?

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