Artist: Karen Kinney
Tom Bradley International Terminal
Stories provide a window into time and place, offering encounters which serve to broaden and expand our world views. Illustrating the passage of time, Karen Kinney’s Points of Departure offers jumping off places from which to explore other worlds. This installation utilizes books printed prior to 1960, some dating as far back as the early 1900s. Written accounts from a different era remind us of history and highlight cultural shifts and the evolution of human consciousness. They create a starting place from which we may dive deeply into an environment different than our own, learning to appreciate another experience, perspective, or culture. The linear sequence of the columns and the angles contained within each one represent the nature of a bridge, serving to lead us to new discoveries, and at the same time, reassuring us of common ground.
Points of Departure is a metaphorical representation of the truth that we are all inter-connected, each piece an integral part of a larger whole.
Karen Kinney is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work has been in numerous exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. In addition to her installation and mixed-media work, she has recently released her first book entitled The Reluctant Artist: Navigating and Sustaining a Creative Path, in which she explores creativity in depth. She has a Masters degree from the University of Chicago.