Art Opening with Artist Q&A: Acts of Protection
Printmaking artist Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin will exhibit Acts of Protection live on Wednesday, August 5, at 7 pm. Her latest work is inspired by our human experience over the past few months. Over the last few months, as we’ve been confronted with a global pandemic as well as a nation-wide breaking point of racial injustice, Benjamin has found herself returning again and again to the words of the Hebrew prayer, Hashkiveinu.
Of God, Hashkiveinu asks for protection from darkness. It informs these guiding questions of her work:
How do we shelter ourselves in times of difficulty? How can we construct safety while surrounded by threats of danger? And how do we protect those faced with the most wrongdoing?
Born and raised in New York City, Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin currently lives and works out of her home studio in Philadelphia, PA. She utilizes paper, print, drawing, and hand cut papers to construct spaces through pattern, repetition and ritual. In addition to her personal work, Benjamin is the lead organizer of Prints for Protest, a collaborative portfolio project raising funds for communities at risk. She is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Haverford College and Kutztown University. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio and Japan.