"Tree Poster," by Hella Hamid featuring Deena Metzger

This poster, know as Tree Poster or the Warrior Poster, features Deena Metzger as the Warrior. Metzger poses exuberantly, revealing her tree branch tattoo. The poster is a collaboration by Metzger, photographer Hella Hammid, and graphic designer Sheila de Bretteville.

The poster contains the following text:
"I am no longer afraid of mirrors where I see the sign of the Amazon, the one who shoots arrows. There was a fine line across my chest where a knife entered, but now a branch winds about the scar and travels from arm to heart. Green leaves cover the branch, grapes hang there and a bird appears. What grows in me now is vital and does not cause me harm. I think the bird is singing. I have relinquished some of the scars. I have designed my chest with care given to an illuminated manuscript. I am no longer ashamed to make love. Love is a battle I can win. I have a body of a warrior who does not kill or wound. On the book of my body, I have permanently inscribed a tree."

Photograph and copy by Hella Hamid.
Poster distributed by Donnelly/Colt.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. ""Tree Poster," by Hella Hamid featuring Deena Metzger ." (Viewed on October 28, 2021) <https://jwa.org/media/body-of-warrior-still-image>.


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