Al-Mansour Turns Trunk into Art

When the city of St. Paul proposed to cut down a tree trunk that had succumbed to root diseases, Hend Al-Mansour ’02, MFA, countered with a different idea: leave the trunk for her to paint.

Al-Mansour is Saudi-born artist whose house faces the trunk. She decorated it with Arabian triple goddesses Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Menat. She hopes her artwork will inform people in the West that women in Islam have a powerful voice.

“I want to bring the Arab art voice into the contemporary world of art in the West to show that we have a different voice, which is beautiful and unique.”

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