Recently I watched “Pictures of Susan” for the second time with my folks.
It’s a film documentary about Susan Te Kahurangi King, the self taught artist who lives in Auckland and - over 30 years ago - drew a picture that would become my debut album cover. That cover is really just a snippet of thousands of other drawings she’s done. Drawings that never intended to be seen by others but luckily for us and thanks to a devoted family who uncovered and sorted all her work, we are able to emerse ourselves in them.
I’ve loved Susans work since I became friends with her family about 10 years ago. I love her work for that very reason, you can totally emerse and lose yourself in it. The detail and mystery in her drawings can bring you to tears. Although I can’t compare my songs with her drawings I’d hope by having one on the cover of my record will invite you to listen beyond the surface.
The songs aren’t overly complicated or even polished but every note, word, noise and non-noise is there for a reason.
It was a privilege looking through folders and folders of her work to find that drawing, and I’m so happy to be able to use her work with my work. It’s an ongoing inspiration and a good reminder for me to be creating because I love it and because I have to. To try and express what I can’t explain, to sing what I can’t speak, regardless of who finds it.
Thanks Susan and the King Family.
Check her out and learn about her amazing story.
Hi You. I’m so happy to finally share my songs. I hope you can take something from them.
It’s out at CD stores in NZ and Australia.
You can also get it from the links bellow.
Thanks very much!