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It’s a rainy morning in Texas (again!), and I have been thinking about zen, life balance and teaching (check out The Zen Teacher) as my summer break begins. Summer is a time for teachers to recharge, to rethink, to respond and to revitalize both life and profession. While scrolling through Facebook, I came across Susanna Bauer’s work in a post from Colossal – Art, Design and Visual Culture – Wow!
Susanna does what seems to be the impossible, crocheting and stitches on plant materials. She selects fragile materials and combines them with fiber techniques bringing together fragility and strength in a beautiful way with a quality of zen practice. It’s easy for me to imagine working in a clean, quiet studio, working slowly and methodically as if the act of creation is a meditation itself. How peaceful, but also how challenging! From her website:
The leaf works are powerful examples of the interface between artist and nature. Many artists are inspired by nature and attempt to imitate what they see in the natural world. Bauer, on the other hand, includes natural elements into her work as if she is actually collaborating with nature. In these pieces, the leaf is not simply a surface to work on or a piece of raw material to be used at will. For Bauer, the leaf is an element deserving respect and consideration. What she adds to it, or subtracts from it, is done with a sense of reverence. Her efforts enhance the natural beauty that was her starting point. ”
Scott Rothstein, Hand/Eye magazine
I want more of this zen quality in my life: slowing down, working with care, putting more space between moments, and paying honor to the world we live in. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do – take a moment to visit her website an put a little more space in your day.