Regina Benson is an artist working in the textile medium creating wall hangings, art quilts and dimensional textile sculptures using her own surface designed fabrics. In the last couple of years, Regina has concentrated on developing wall and ceiling-hung dimensional textile constructions that retain the painterly effects of her flat pieces, but that also incorporate physical allusions to her subjects’ aspects by mounting and imbedding these works with forms and undulations.
Regina Benson’s work emanates from the manipulation of and intentional mark-making on fabric, from silk and cotton to horse-hair and industrial polyesters. Her work frequently starts with a solid piece of black fabric, which she “discharges” (removes the base black dye) with paste or soy wax resists and Shibori techniques; then she overdyes or rusts the fabric surface many more times with natural, disperse and acid dyes to elicit additional images and textures. These initial markings are then oversewn with other textile fragments; she further free-motion stitches the work to its finish with hand-dyed threads and incorporates encaustic processes and burning to complete her vision.
"My pieces are very graphic and intricately detailed at the same time. I want the viewer to feel the overall piece at 10-15 feet; and as the distance gets closer, discover more and more detail of color and texture to enhance first impressions. I am coaxing the viewer to share the physical space with my visions as they are filtered through my artistic re-interpretations. I want the viewer to be enveloped, surrounded, and drawn inside my work."
Regina Benson's work has been shown in galleries and museums in The Hague in the Netherlands, San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Her work has been credited with maintaining artistic integrity, technical innovation, and visual excitement. She continues to press the boundaries of contemporary textile art.
Lithuanian born and primarily self-taught, Regina has lectured on the trends of textile surface design and has served as guest curator for cutting-edge fiber and textile exhibits. Recipient of Quilt National 2007 “Award of Excellence”, Regina's work can be seen in selected exhibits and commissioned for private purchase. For specific information on gallery representation, upcoming exhibits and planned lectures, contact Regina Benson.Contents copyright ©2009 Regina Benson. All rights reserved.