The Jordanian artist, Mona Al-Saudi, who made abstract stone sculptures, has died at the age of 76.
Many of her works are in the collection of the British Museum and there is a large public work outside the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
Born in Amman, Jordan in 1945, Saudi moved first to Beirut and then to Paris where she studied sculpture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
In an interview with The National in 2018, she discussed why she left Jordan saying, “This is how I planned my life. I wanted to do an exhibition and then go to Paris. No one supported me. Living alone, so I eliminated all kinds of obstacles: family, community, etc.”
One of her most notable works called Géométrie de l'esprit (1987) stands outside the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, her statue Mother Earth (2010), made of Jordanian marble, is in the collection of the British Museum in London and will be included in the upcoming tour The Female Power exhibition (to be confirmed) dates).
From Modern Arabesque, we offer our deepest condolences to the Arab world and the artists for this loss.