Ran Morin: What to do when you have no roots?

eran-morin-green-prophet.jpgUprooting is a common theme in this part of the world: the Jewish Torah is compared to being a Tree of Life, and people who live in these parts are constantly struggling over land rights, and legitimizing why certain people should or shouldn’t settle here.Green Prophet is not going to enter the political debate, but just offer Ran Morin’s sculpture as food for thought. Morin is an Israeli environmental artist whose works appear around the country.

He is most well-known, perhaps, for the 1993 Jaffa-based sculpture “Oranger Suspendu,” which is pictured above. We love it. He also has built installations at the archeology site Ramat Rachel near Jerusalem, and has created an artist monument/sanctuary around a Moslem holy tree, “Charub Tree of Isawyia.”

Last time we were in Jaffa, the growing “Suspendu” sculpture was in a state of repair, with its roots trying to push through the pot. We hope it’s still there and growing, despite not being able to lay roots. Sigh. How many nomads and travellers out there have felt that pain?”

Can uprooted existence, established so definitely through international economics, communication and technology produce a new, lighter genuine aesthetic?” asks Morin, in his artist’s statement on the sculpture above.”My ‘growing sculptures’ do not try to answer these questions,” he says.

“They rather show a ‘rooted – uprooted’ state while going on living, much as we do, growing into an unclear future.

“We’ve covered a couple of other artists with a green bent, here on Green Prophet. See Dani Machlis, photographer; and environment installation artist Dani Karavan.

::Ran Morin

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