How much attention span does one give a leaf? American poet e.e. cummings, true to form, was succint in “l(a” – the first poem in his 1958 collection 95 Poems. Recast horizontally, the piece reads as “l(a leaf falls)oneliness.” Susanna Bauer amplifies, but with equal thoughtfulness and reverence. There is magnificent sculpture in leaves, she otherwise delicately shows us. She mostly favors naturally dried magnolia leaves. Found twigs and sticks and yarn and thread are her supplemental materials. Her method: crochet and darning stitches, learned in primary school and from a seamstress grandmother while growing up.
In her website, she states of her art and craft: “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.”
Sussana Bauer was born in 1969 in Eichstätt, Germany. She studied landscape architecture at Technische Universität, Munich. She was also a student at Camberwell College of Art, London. She lives and works in Cornwall, UK.