Aqua has a distinctive style and
vision of her own..., coupled with a dancers sense of
movement and a musicians sense of rhythm.
Leah A. Sullivan, Animation
Aqua ... is clearly one of the finest
animation artists in the country.
Michael Blowen, The
Through the years, Aquas animation
has become seamless, her imagery more personal and lyrical,
and her messages more profound and affecting.
Lois Tarlow, Art
Her animationsometimes representational,
sometimes abstractseems an attempt to engage the subconscious
mind as well as to provide whimsy for the ruling forces of
intellection. In Aqua's work, agreed-upon realities are often
shown to be gossamer-thin and arbitrary as her images slide,
ellide and transform themselves often charmingly, often disturbingly.
Bob Green, Honolulu
An artist who uses sources as diverse
as African tribal dances, southwestern Indian cave drawings,
the work of Joseph Campbell and the pace of urban life. Aqua
creates films that are vibrant and alive with color and image.
David Kinder, Webster University
Much of the Karen Aqua universe is
populated with creatures spawned from a mating between Matisse
cutouts and carvings on Incan tombs. Made of neon-bright colors
and sharp angles, her exuberant stick figures give off an
energy thats neither entirely human nor entirely animal.
Whats more, theyre caught up in a natural system
that may be sinister, but never lacks a sense of humor.
Robin Dougherty, Boston
Children across the country get up
and dance next to their cereal bowls when Sesame Street airs
Karen Aquas animated segments. It would be hard to stay
still as bejeweled Mardi Gras figures jive across the small
screen, flashing numbers at the audience, accompanied by...Revolutionary
Snake Ensemblea band thats led (off-screen) by
her saxophone-tooting husband, Ken Field.
Barbara Ensor, New