with "hot wax and liquid dyes on thirsty cloth" is an
apt way to describe the work I do. My background in fibers includes
training in the Japanese kimono industry and research in the traditional
Japanese classical arts; from scoll painting, tea ceremony to
work reflects 18 years of life in Kyoto as well as impressions from
winter studios in Spain, Costa Rica and Indonesia. Working with
applied dyes, and hot wax on silk is a meditative process for me;
centering and ecstatic; both planned and spontaneous. I work with
color and pattern, layering and mark making with resist-dye techniques,
using the materials of acid dye, silk fabric and ganryo pigment.
the past images for my work have come from textile research, ancient
craft traditions and a delight in process. Other subject matter
came from time spent in the Alhambra in Granada, sketching in the
Mosque of Cordoba as well as painting on the edge of rice fields
recently, an interest in the spiritual qualities of cloth, transformation
and a global view led me to work on a series of seven kesa (Buddhist
monastic robes) that I prepared for the millennium to be on view
at PEM from December of 2006 through June 2007. As cloths of healing
and unity, one for each continent, they were made to be on site
around the world on January 1, 2000. My latest work is a series
of scrolls on contemplative and spiritual sources and a collaborative
project with Luanne Rimel of St. Louis exploring visual meditations
in layered rozome and digital printed images on silk.
work is a meditation and a centering in this diverse world.
— Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
Click here to read Kiranada's statement from the catalogue of her Spring 2011 show in Bali.