Benjamin’s Art: Growing up in India, assimilation was expected in much of her daily life, and so “identity” and “mutual understanding” became major themes in Benjamin’s art. Her unique and culturally diverse background informs her approach to art. All of her work is influenced by biblical subject matter, reflections on gender and an interest in Midrashic process. Much of her imagery reflects Indian mythology in an effort to reveal what shapes both our physical and spiritual identity. Also at the core of her work is an ecumenical and empathetic spirit that comes from the very core of Jewish experience. Stylistically amalgamating Indian/Persian miniatures with pop culture, Christian and Jewish illuminated manuscripts, and Jewish and Hindu mythology, Siona also brings her canvas characters to life through animation and performance dance artists. Few things are more cherished in Jewish tradition than tikkun olam, which translates to “mending the world”. Observant Jews practice tikkun olam every day in their thoughts and actions. As Abraham Joshua Herschel has posed when asked, “Who is a Jew?” he replied: “A Jew is a person whose integrity decays when unmoved by the knowledge of wrong done to other people”. Through study and reflection, Benjamin has made tikkun olam central to her art.