Breaking the silence of stones

About the Artist

Muna Saudi was born in 1945 in Amman, which – back then – was a small town surrounding water springs, rushing from the Oman flood and fenced by ancient archaeological sites, and rocky mountains with natural caves inhabited by shepherds. Her childhood play courts were archaeological stadiums, engraved pillars and statues’ remnants in archaeological sites, where she used to contemplate life watching the stones. The statues were living creatures in her eyes, and these real-fictional places, gave her the feeling that human skills can do great things that will linger forever.

The sculpture stones have now surrendered to the will of Muna. The stones had developed a unity of spirit with Muna who has been working with them for more than 50 years.

Muna Saudi: In my view, the stones are fragile and obedient friends, and we always have friendly dialogues.

Muna started her journey in Amman during the 1950s with feeling and touching the stones at a time when the city was surrounded with the Roman ruins. She used to sneak into her room to look at the statues from her window.

Muna Saudi: These sculptures meant vibrant and vivid life for me.

When she was 17, Muna picked one of her stones and threw it in the family swimming pool.

Muna Saudi: I wanted to study art in Paris.

Muna was able to surmount the masculine mindset of her city, the rigid views of her father and many other hurdles until she settled down in Paris where she got her inspiration from the abstract school of art.

Muna Saudi: I cannot find any space in my house to walk around as it is full of tables and chairs holding my sculptures.

Hi someone from Morroco left me a link about your website. :) I wish you the best with your sculptures and hope we will see your work one day as part of Iprotest Arts Charity which are a whole bunch of artists from all over the world wanting to exercise Creative Free Speech through our arts in a Peace-loving way. XXOO