When you think of skiing, what emotion comes to mind: Exhilaration? Bliss?
For the 2019–2020 ski season, Aspen Snowmass is proud to be working with Susan Te Kahurangi King, an artist whose body of work captures the emotions found in life's more vivid moments.
"Susan King’s art sparks a similar joy to spending time in our beautiful mountains and in this incredible community," says Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of Aspen Skiing Company. “Though her point of view was formed on the other side of the globe, there’s an appeal to her visual language that resonates equally well here.”
A native of New Zealand, the 68-year-old King has always made art for herself, not the marketplace, and this authenticity is transmitted in the series of drawings showcased on Aspen Snowmass’ lift tickets. King’s artistic journey began as a young child, when at age 5, she began to lose her ability to speak. By age 7, she had stopped speaking entirely. During the same period, encouraged by her grandmother, King became an increasingly talented and prolific artist, capable of focusing on her drawing for hours on end. In the ensuing six decades, King has produced a substantial body of work, despite taking a 15-year break starting in the mid-90s.
According to her website’s biography, “King’s exhibition history is extensive with representation in major art fairs, galleries and museums by prominent curators. She has been featured in many exhibitions, events and publications in a range of contexts both as an ‘Outsider Artist’ and a ‘Contemporary =Artist’. These include The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; American Folk Art Museum, New York; Marlborough, London; Outsider Art Fairs in New York and Paris with Chris Byrne; Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington; City Gallery Wellington, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland; and the Auckland Art Fair 2018.”