Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Siona Benjamin's "blue" takes her nowhere and everywhere at the same time

By Noa Amouya
The artist's cathedral-scale panels, ‘The Four Mothers who Entered Pardes,’ are largely influenced by Jewish and Hindu theology. (photo credit:SIONA BENJAMIN)
ISRAEL---For artist Siona Benjamin, it’s a blue world. A color that usually signifies despair and hopelessness transforms itself into something else in her art: a symbol for equality, strength and independence. “Very often, I look down at my skin and it has turned blue,” the Mumbai-born descendant of the Bene Israel community says of her olive complexion. “It tends to do that when I face certain situations of stereotyping and categorizing other people.” [link]