Susan King – Tremor: Drawing as a way into the body

Wind, earth, water, 52”x 68”, graphite, oil pastel, 2023

Susan King
Tremor: Drawing as a way into the body

November 25 – December 30, 2023
Opening: November 25 & 26, 2 – 5 pm
THUS Gallery, Toronto

Thus Gallery is pleased to present Susan King’s Tremor: Drawing as a way into the body, exploring bodily systems, and meditations on walking in snow squalls and swimming in the frigid waters of Georgian Bay.

After moving to the Bruce Peninsula twelve years ago – living in the woods and close to the water – King continued her art practice, and explored how drawing like a meditation could impact the nervous system.

“A tremor is felt in the land, through a tree. A tremor comes up within the body. I give these sensations expression through the process of drawing, scrawling, and scraping – erratically and repetitively. Nature has a beautiful tendency to synchronize things. Drawing gives form to synchronizing with oneself.”

Similar to the Dadaist practice of “automatic drawings”, King uses contour and doodle drawings, as a way to sway the subconscious. She overlays textures and colours to create energetic and expressionist drawings.

King expresses her interest in memory and turmoil through the intersection of movement, touch and thought – to notice what comes up in the body, and to follow her intuition: how to approach the paper or choose a colour. “The drawing process is a source of energy that gives solace and form to the nervous system.”

In Tremor, some of her large 52”x 68” and smaller graphite and oil pastel drawings are presented alongside a selection of sculptural assemblages of found objects.

King is best known for her photo-based works Childbirth, Motherhood and the Art of Making Space and What I really want to talk about is… Both exhibitions travelled across the country in artist-run galleries and museums.

King worked as an editorial magazine photographer from 1980 – 2014. She was known for her portraiture, particularly in NOW Magazine, where her nuanced light-filled, playful, ironic, emotive portraits appeared for 34 years. In the 1980s, King founded XOX Artists’ Postcards, a shop in Kensington Market that democratized art with artist’s postcards from around the world. She taught photography at UofT/Sheridan for ten years in the 1980s and 90’s, and then had yet another career as a psychotherapist, the impacts of which are expressed in her most recent art.

Susan King’s personal and professional work is in the collections of the University of Toronto, Media Commons Archives.
Instagram: @susanking1300

Thus Gallery is a private art exhibition space in a private home, and it will be open for several time-slots (usually on weekends) during Susan King’s exhibition period. The artist will be in attendance at most or all of these times. Please follow @Thus.Gallery on Instagram to stay informed about upcoming opening hours, or Like “Thus Gallery – Toronto” on Facebook.

THUS Gallery
33 Euclid Avenue
Toronto, ON M6J 2J7