The Art of Siona Benjamin

Commissions

15 Foot Diameter Porcelain Tile Floor for Central Reform Congregation in St Louis, Missouri



Designed in collaboration and study with Rabbi Susan Talve.

Mixed media paintings on vellum drums for Burning Man


Cosmic Calling (above)Blue Like Me Blue Like Me (side of drum)

Shambala


Private commission. Gouache and acrylic paint on gesso wood panel. 24" x 56" 2014 (painting details below; and as framed: below, right).


Water Drop Bench


A collaboration of fine furniture and art, between wood craftsman Peter Tschudy and Siona Benjamin.
50” wide x 36” tall x 20” deep lpe wood and ceramic tile. 2015

Shema Meditation Through the Chakras


DVD Cover Art for Robin Rothenberg, founder of Essential Yoga Therapy

The Four Mothers Who Entered Pardes


For artist residency at LABA 14th Street Y in New York, 2014
Four cathedral-scale mixed media panels exploring the journey of the four matriarchs as they enter Pardes.

Apeksha

Private commission, gouache and gold leaf on clay board, 30" x 60" 2013

Esther scroll (megillah)

Commission for private art dealer - New York - Size of scroll: 11.5 inches x 15 feet
Limited edition prints of the scroll are available for sale printed with archival inks. The edition will be signed and numbered by the artist. Questions please contact: artsiona@earthlink.net or call: 973-783-3445.

The original Book of Esther is one of the books of the Ketuvim (Writings) of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and of the Historical Books of the Old Testament. The Book of Esther or the Megillah is the basis for the Jewish celebration of the festival of Purim. I am commissioned to paint the megillah using influences from Indian and Mughal miniature painting. I am also using iconography from my own paintings to make a unique and personal megillat Esther.


full scroll

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Torah Ark commission - New York 2009

The Torah ark is known in Hebrew as the Aron Kodesh by the Ashkenazim and as the Hekhál amongst most Sefardim. It is generally a receptacle, or ornamental closet, which contains the synagogue's Torah scrolls (the Five Books of Moses).

 

After having read about Betzalel’s Ark (excerpts from “Legends of the Bible” by Louis Ginzberg), I wanted to incorporate some of the original iconography in my Torah Ark. I also wanted to make an ark influenced by my Indian Jewish background and upbringing. I looked at Indian and Iranian sepher torah cases and designs and also Jewish synagogues in Morocco. These places had an oriental mystique, ornamentation and color. I researched beautiful Moroccan synagogue photos. The peacock green color of these synagogues and the onion dome shapes in the architecture inspired me.

The velvet and silver Sepher Torahs of my Bombay synagogues also served as inspiration for the shape of my Torah Ark. My cherubim are angels named “Fereshteh” that bring the fire of hope and courage. My mother’s Shabbat lamp that she lit every Friday made with oil and wick, which burned all night into the morning in our Bombay home, is this same fire. My ark sits on a “celestial throne” or table and perfumed myrrh and frankincense comes from the water lilies within the Arabian oceans of my childhood.

SAR Jewish high school
commission. Bronx, NY

Torah Ark

 

Commission for Jewish marriage contract (Ketubah) - 2008

Private Ketubah commission - 2010

 

Commission for synagogue centennial celebration - 2006