Anne Henriksen dreamed of becoming an artist throughout her life. Now, at 67, she says she has finally become “the artist I always felt I was inside”. Henriksen grew up in Sweden, but the family moved around a lot. “Every year and a half, Dad would apply for higher and higher jobs.” Her father wanted Henriksen to go to university. But when she changed schools at 15, she became unsettled and her grades began to slip.
“Then, just before school finished, I was in a fatal car accident,” she says. Her friend was driving and they picked up two hitchhikers. “Suddenly, somebody came fast round the bend. It was a narrow road and we went into the ditch – a very deep, long ditch. There was a bridge, a telephone pole …”