Hend Al-Mansour, Cover Artist January 2015

Islamic aesthetics and gender politics influence my art. My work unfolds across a range of media: screenprinting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. My palette plays with vibrant reds, yellows, and hot pinks that alternate with majestic gold, purple, and blue. I screenprint stylized figures within a context of Arabic calligraphy and geometric design.

Using rolls of screen-printed fabric or paper, I build spaces and passages that feature murals and small sculptures based on interviews with Arab women. Secluded by columns and domes, and nuanced by sound and light, these installations recall Bedouin tents and Islamic architecture. More recently, I have been experimenting with 2D animation and investigating ways to integrate it within my installations.

I hope to take the viewer on a visual journey that makes her relate to the beauty of Islamic art in an acceptance of human conditions and otherness. I seek to evoke curiosity and playfulness to stimulate my audience to examine human values from a neutral perspective.

Details: hendalmansour.com

When Minnesota Women’s Press transitioned from a newspaper format to a monthly magazine in 2009, the publication began showcasing Minnesota women artists on the cover each month. They worked in many mediums, and were at various stages of their careers.

In our “35 Years of Minnesota Women’s Press” book, former publishers Norma Smith Olson and Kathy Magnuson write, “We looked for artwork that made a strong statement about being a woman, and often artwork that represented the theme of the monthly issue — from women’s bodies, homes and environments, spiritualities, politics, fitness and health, and what nourishes women.”

For this issue, we reconnected with a few past cover artists and asked them to share an update on their lives and art.

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