Delicate Crocheted Patterns Splice and Embellish Susanna Bauer’s Dried Leaf Sculptures

“Sum of the Parts” (2022), magnolia, oak, cottonwood, eucalyptus, plane tree, beech leaves, 38 x 34 centimeters. All images by Art Photographers, © Susanna Bauer, shared with permission

Vintage lace and the intricate innards of cells influence the thread components of Susanna Bauer’s crocheted works. The German artist, who lives in the U.K., stitches leaves she’s found, washed, and dried, a painstaking process made more laborious by the inherent fragility of the material. “Taking time beneath trees, gathering leaves, contemplating their shapes, imperfections, and details lies at the basis of my process. Along with this quiet gathering, stories form, dialogues between leaves emerge, reflections on time and change and interpersonal connections,” Bauer shares.

Many of the artist’s recent works are on view as part of her solo show Gathering Stories, which translates those conversations and themes into three-dimensional pieces. Similar to her earlier series, this new collection is diverse in species and crocheted patterns. In “Sum of Parts,” various segments from six different trees are spliced with natural cotton thread, while “Blossom” surrounds a single magnolia leaf with fibrous filigree.

Gathering Stories is on view through January 14, 2023, at Le Salon Vert in Carouge, Geneva. You can find more of her work on her site and Instagram.

“Emergence l” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 50 x 50 x 5 centimeters

“Blossom” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

“Haven” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 42 x 47 centimeters

“Time (Spring 22)” (2022), oak leaf cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

“Sharing Dreams” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

“Emergence l” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 50 x 50 x 5 centimeters

Top left: “Thrive lll” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 30 x 22 centimeters. Top right: “Breathing lll” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 38 x 28 centimeters. Bottom left: “Symmetry” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 38 x 38 centimeters. Bottom right: “Calibration,” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 52 x 42 inches

“Ginkgo Circle lll” (2022), ginkgo leaf, cotton thread, 21 x 17 centimeters

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