”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.” So says Susanna Bauer about the materials she uses in her art.
I also walk most days and find a leaf or a piece of driftwood that I take home. The bones from a fish skeleton found on the beach today are still in my jacket pocket – they are so lovely, really (my collection of fish bones is growing nicely). I hope someday I can breathe new life into my collections in a way that brings joy to the viewer, much like Susanna Bauer has done here.
The German-born artist, who now calls England home, has worked in the television and film industry for almost two decades. She makes objects like King Arthur’s chalice, cheeses for Wallace and Gromit (!!!), robots and spaceships.
“I like giving time to the inconspicuous things that surround us and often go unnoticed, paying attention to small details and the tactile quality of objects. Appropriating traditional craft techniques like weaving and crochet as a means of sculpture brings a contemplative element to the development of my work. I am interested in unusual combinations of materials, the experimentation with fragility and strength and the individual stories that evolve and shape themselves in the process of making.”
Be sure to sign up for MAM, my premium newsletter. Last month Kate Church’s contribution to the Peace by Piece project was one of the highlights. In the November issue we get a sneak peek at two more pieces created for the project – this time by Elissa Farrow Savos. The sculptures are profound in both beauty and message. Her work always moves me. . .I know you will be moved by it too.
We also take a look at an unusual material used to create floral sculptures, a simple but magical DIY project, amazing sculptures made from something that gets thrown away by the thousands each month, a metalsmith’s metalsmith, cool resources and more! The December issue is already in the works and it includes a multi-page spread about a very early animation technique. You won’t want to miss what artists are doing with that technique today!