Susanna Bauer

  • Close (34.5 x 26.5 x 7cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Susanna Bauer

    Close (34.5 x 26.5 x 7cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Susanna Bauer
  • Connection (21.2 H x 16.7 W cm framed) oak leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook

    Connection (21.2 H x 16.7 W cm framed) oak leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Band lll (29 H x 21 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook

    Band lll (29 H x 21 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Trans-Plant No.9 (35.8 H x 34.7 W cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook

    Trans-Plant No.9 (35.8 H x 34.7 W cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Pulse (29 H x 21 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook

    Pulse (29 H x 21 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Patchwork (25 H x 11.5 cm) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Susanna Bauer

    Patchwork (25 H x 11.5 cm) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Susanna Bauer
  • Core - side view (34.5 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook

    Core - side view (34.5 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Dwelling detail (37.4 H x 31.7 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook

    Dwelling  detail (37.4 H x 31.7 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Drum Tree (42.5 H x 38 W x 7 D cm) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn, wood Photo: Simon Cook

    Drum Tree (42.5 H x 38 W x 7 D cm) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn, wood Photo: Simon Cook
  • Cube Tree No.2 (34.5 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn, wood Photo: Simon Cook

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  • Close (34.5 x 26.5 x 7cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Susanna Bauer
  • Connection (21.2 H x 16.7 W cm framed) oak leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Band lll (29 H x 21 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Trans-Plant No.9 (35.8 H x 34.7 W cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Pulse (29 H x 21 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Patchwork (25 H x 11.5 cm) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn Photo: Susanna Bauer
  • Core - side view (34.5 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Dwelling  detail (37.4 H x 31.7 W cm framed) magnolia leaf, cotton yarn Photo: Simon Cook
  • Drum Tree (42.5 H x 38 W x 7 D cm) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn, wood Photo: Simon Cook
  • Cube Tree No.2 (34.5 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm framed) magnolia leaves, cotton yarn, wood Photo: Simon Cook

Susanna Bauer uses what is small and fragile to express what is universal and enduring in our co-existence with each other and the natural world.

She works with the everyday, inconspicuous details of our surroundings, skilfully embroidering found leaves with a halo of cotton thread and coaxing others into meticulously constructed three-dimensional forms.

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 it can also be transferred to 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 reflecting Nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.

Susanna was born in 1969 in Bavaria, Germany, but she has lived in England since 1996.

Her work features on the cover of Resurgence & Ecologist Issue 286, September/October 2014. For further information, read Andy Christian's article on Susanna in the same issue and visit her website.

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