FAIC Oral History Project

In 1985 Karen was interviewed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) as part of their Oral History Project, and she spoke at length about various aspects of her life and career.

The interviews took place over four days, and full transcripts of all four sessions are now available below.

A Life Journey interviews

Karen was interviewed several times between September 2010 and February 2011 as part of the making of a retrospective film looking at her life and career. All interviews – with the exception of interview 3 – were conducted by Julia Statman and filmed by Sharon Rapaport. The finished film can be viewed here.

The interview transcripts are presented in full below.

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A Life Journey: Interview 1

Conducted September 23rd, 2010

Karen’s memories of her parents and grandparents, and early life on Meldgaard

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A Life Journey: Interview 2

Conducted September 30th, 2010

Karen speaks about her aunts, uncles and cousins, and her brothers and sisters

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A Life Journey: Interview 3

Conducted October 7th, 2010

Karen talks to archivist Karen Horton about selected artefacts relating to her life and career

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A Life Journey: Interview 4

Conducted November 18th, 2010

Karen’s memories of occupied Denmark during the war and the resistance efforts

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A Life Journey: Interview 5

Conducted November 22nd, 2010

Karen speaks about art college in Copenhagen, meeting her husband Norman, and her daughter Katrina

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A Life Journey: Interview 6

Conducted December 9th, 2010

Karen speaks about her career after moving to England

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A Life Journey: Interview 7

Conducted January 17th, 2011

Karen reflects on her life and career and speaks about identity, her biggest influences, and legacy

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A Life Journey: Interview 8

Conducted February 11th, 2011

Karen discusses a selection of photos from her early life

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A Life Journey: Interview 9

Conducted February 18th, 2011

Karen talks about a series of selected artefacts from her early life and career

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A Life Journey: Interview with Katrina

Conducted February 18th, 2011

Karen’s daughter Katrina talks about her earliest memories of Karen

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