Susanna Bauer

Christening Stone – (Private Commission) Cement, Elastic Bands, Spoon, Cotton Yarn -Approx. 11 x 14 x 3 cm when closed.
Doileaf – Magnolia Leaf, Cotton Yarn – 4.5 x 7.5 cm
Cube Tree – Leaves, Cotton Yarn, Wood – approx. 22 x 15 x 5 cm
Christening Stone – (Private Commission) Granite Stone, Cotton Yarn, Sterling Silver – dia. approx. 17 cm

“I go walking.
I find a leaf, a piece of driftwood – or sometimes it finds me.
I take it home and its new life begins. “

The work of Susanna Bauer combines found objects with the traditional crafts of crochet and sewing to create a fantastic juxtaposition of nature and the domestic: A theme that is directly relevant to my project. By adorning artefacts of nature with soft decoration, Bauer’s sculptures highlight the beautiful details of her everyday outdoor surroundings (Cornish landscapes) evoking a sense of calm contemplation and homeliness, successfully reminding the viewer of the importance of the simple things in life that bring peace, such as taking time to let go of stresses and just be and feel at one with nature. This is almost exactly the effect I would like to achieve with my work. Similarly, I must explore combing found objects with my craft (ceramics) to see if the same effect can be achieved with clay.

With a background in television prop making, a steady hand and delicate touch are skills Bauer has developed to an exceptional level: talents that are so obviously necessary to create such fine sculptural works. Bauer was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1969 and has lived in England since 1996. Her time is split between London and Cornwall, with her home since 2010 being in the West Penwith region of Cornwall.

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