SIONA BENJAMIN

Bridging Pardes - Siona Benjamin

Bridging Pardes

60 cm x 80 cm

Gouache, mixed media and 22 K gold leaf on wood panel

World spins them all

About round to tall

Trails to be made

By all so young and small

 

Blindfolded by my own

Watching, learning, forlorn

Bridges to be hung

By me and you alone

 

Zeus of my dreams

Come unfold your wings

Nectar of your being

Inside my heart it stings.

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India.

 

In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America  today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.

 

She has her first MFA in painting and a second MFA in Theater set design, and has exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia.

 

In 2010-11 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for an art project titled Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives, in which her research was conducted in India. The first exhibit was held in October 2013 at the Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai, India and was covered by The Times of India, The Mumbai Mirror, Midday newspaper and Caravan magazine. 

 

Her work has been featured in: The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art New England, Art and Antiques, ArtNews, Moment magazine and several newspapers, magazines, journals and books.