Oral history interview with Karen Carson, 2003 December 4
Carson, Karen, 1943-
Ayres, Anne, 1936-
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Transcript: 30 pages
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 8 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Karen Carson conducted 2003 December 4, by Anne Ayres, for the Archives of American Art, in Carson's studio in Venice, California.
Carson discusses her most recent works on paper and fabric; her early "Zipper" pieces; her early 1970s "Bed" series; her background and her parents' support of her art interests; the influence of Norwegian decorative folk art on her work; feminism and feminist art and her exclusion from various large feminist exhibitions of the 1990s; living in New York contrasting with Los Angeles; the evolution of her painting style from the "Tondos" to the more recent use of vinyl banners and light boxes; her teaching philosophy; the difference between regionalism and provincialism; her friendship with writer Dave Hickey; and other topics.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Karen Carson, 2003 December 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Funding for this interview was provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance. Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Karen Carson (1943- ) is a painter from Venice, California.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001