Image: Laura Owens
Rag and ribbon tying in trees has a long history, dating back to ancient times from the beginning of actual recorded history. Various tribes and groups of people from every continent around the globe have taken part in rituals similar to the art that will be displayed. Change the geographic location and cultural norms, the meaning behind ribbon tying changes, thus exposing the dynamism of this project.
For instance, in tribal Ireland, the Druid clans would tie a strip of cloth from a loved one who was recently deceased, around a special nearby tree, making the tree sacred. Palestinians have a similar custom, only a person can remove the rag and wear it. The ancient Druze of the Middle East would leave rags in trees for needier people. Asian cultures decorate with ribbons in trees to commemorate many different holidays and festivals. These customs are carried on today.
"Rags and Ribbons in Trees" reminds us of how similar we all remain.
Tuesday, March 29th
Cooper Square Hotel
25 Cooper Square
New York, NY