Small, intimate, and nuanced, the sculptures of Susanna Bauer express the intent of an
artist thoroughly engaged with nature. In her hands, humble materials are reimagined
into objects that resemble the familiar, only modified beyond expectation. Each work
offers an acutely focused encounter. The ecosystem that Bauer renders is both of the
world and of a territory slightly altered.
Using twigs, leaves, stones, and thread, she builds objects that respect the integrity
of her materials. Her sculptures are curated events; natural elements are in a manipulated
state, yet still essentially intact. The artist's presence is always visible in these delicate
works, as she ever so gently transitions what she has collected into considered and
defined sculptures. Bauer illuminates nature in a heightened and magnified way, bringing materials out
of their habitat and into a gallery setting. Her resolve to calibrate a mindful balance
between found items and her response to them is always evident. With a consistent
restraint expressed in every aspect of her work, she brings to form her affinity for things
that are fragile and often overlooked by others.
lection (detail), 2015. Magnolia and
platanus leaves, wood, and cotton
yarn, dimensions variable.