Cover Artist for Vol. 6.1: Orna Ben-Shoshan

The cover art of the upcoming issue of Silk Road is by Orna Ben-Shoshan. Her paintings, surreal and richly dream-like, remind us of some of the pieces found in McMenamins, a distinctive chain of brewpubs, microbreweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs in Oregon and Washington. The McMenamins Grand Lodge is several blocks away from the Silk Road office, and a place where our editors often gather for, ah, inspiration.

Although we can’t say exactly what the motivation is behind the plentiful imagery at McMenamins, Orna tells us she seeks to create artwork that “release[s] the imagination and extend[s] the limits of ordinary perception.” The scenes in her paintings take place in distant spaces, often other worlds, and the people, animals, and objects interact in unusual ways. The physics of our world don’t apply to those of her canvas.

She completes pieces in her mind before she fixes their form either digitally or through painting. For her, it is a spiritual process. The viewers of her art gain “a rare and insightful visit to places beyond consciousness.”

Orna Ben-Shoshan was born in Kibbutz Yifaat, Israel. She trained as a graphic designer in Tel-Aviv, and moved to the U.S. in 1982 where she lived for fifteen years. She has exhibited her artwork in museums and galleries throughout the world. She has received the Grumbacher Award, and has been published in Yoga Journal, Recycled Paper Products, and was featured in the 10th edition of The Encyclopedia of the Living Artist.

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—Tanna, Online Marketing