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The tension in dried leaves

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  June 27, 2013 09:53 AM

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If you've ever held a dried leaf you know the urge, to crumple it, feel it splinter, watch the pieces float down to the ground. That urge- resisted, transformed- gives a great, bridled energy to British artist Susanna Bauer's unsuspecting creations. Instead of crumpling dried leaves, Bauer embroiders them, suturing along the edges, appending doilies, covering one in a spiderweb of thread. Visually, the embroidery and the leaves are a perfect complement, earthy and wholesome, and equally organic in their own ways. But still, it's the intricate construction of her work that instigates a craving for release. The thread and the leaves are unbearably joined; the whole world might end were they to break asunder.

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Images courtesy of Susanna Bauer.

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