May 17, 2022

Stanford’s Science Library Installs Artwork Giving New Life to Vintage Book Covers

From Stanford University Library Blog:

Points of Departure 2017; Vintage Book Covers on Wood Panels” artwork donated by Karen Kinney [on display at the Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library].

Points of Departure” was previously exhibited at the Thomas Bradley terminal of Los Angeles International Airport. 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 Master’s degree from the University of Chicago.


Artist Karen Kinney and her “Points of Departure” artwork.

Here’s what Karen says about her art piece…

Points of Departure
Vintage book covers on wood panels
376.5” wide x 40.5” tall

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 1900’s. 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.

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