Martha Shade

Trees Are Poems, 2014
hand stitched cotton thread ,linen, (framed)
24 x 16 in (60.96 x 40.64 cm)
The subject of 'Trees Are Poems' is the desecration of Palestinian olive trees since 1967. It is estimated that between 800,000 and 1,000,000 trees have been uprooted, burned, and cut down. Thousands are destroyed each year; in October 2014 hundreds of trees were burned near Jerusalem that are believed to be some of the worlds oldest, trees from a lineage that are mentioned in the Old Testament. Besides being an integral part of the Palestinian economy, the olive tree is deeply connected to Palestinian culture, heritage and identity. Their destruction is a huge part of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine and has been compared to the destruction of the buffalo in the genocide of Native Americans. This ongoing devastation is also a tragedy for the entire world: these trees belonged to the planet, a heritage that is lost to of all of us.
Trees Are Poems by Martha Shade

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