Friday, October 16, 2015

Indian-Jewish artist’s vibrant mosaic at CRC aims to challenge viewers

By By Margaret Gillerman
Siona Benjamin spent more than a year working on a painting that would be transformed into a 15-foot wide circular mosaic installed in the floor at Central Reform Congregation.
Rabbi Susan Talve and Indian-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin sat together in the back of a bus leaving Jaipur, India, and they began imagining. What they dreamed about on that trip across the world early in 2014 were their plans for a circular mosaic floor for Central Reform Congregation that would be like those that adorn the floors of ancient synagogues in Israel. [link]
Siona Benjamin’s design incorporates the symbols of the Zodiac in a mosaic that explores traditional Jewish holidays as well as themes of feminism and racial, cultural and gender diversity.