Independent animator, Karen Aqua, died peacefully today after a 10 year battle with cancer. In her last month, Karen managed to finish her film Taxonomy, premiere it at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and was named a 2011 Fellow in Film & Video by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her warm and ebullient spirit, dedication to animation, (and wild clothes) will be missed by all.
A letter from Karen’s husband, Ken Field.
It is with great great sadness that I must report that our dearest Karen died peacefully at Brigham & Women’s Hospital late this afternoon. She had extreme difficultly breathing Saturday morning at the Cape, and we came back a day early and brought her directly to the emergency room. She had a rapid decline since then, and was on a morphine drip and other pain medications when she died. She was so happy that we made it to the Cape for a few days, her final wish, and that she got to wiggle her toes in the water on the beach, among a long long list of other accomplishments since her initial cancer diagnosis in 2001. Karen will be cremated. She has asked that her ashes be distributed to a number of places that were meaningful and dear to us, including New Orleans, Hawaii, Roswell, Italy, and of course Cambridge. I hope to arrange for a memorial tribute to Karen on the afternoon of either Saturday or Sunday June 18 or 19. With all best wishes, and with continued gratitude for your wishes and support, and with lots of love,