‘photosinthesis’ by Dorit Goldman

A small, poetic story from Dorit Goldman from her experience of her photographic series of tree roots, entitled, ‘photosinthesis.’

‘Root’ (2016) Dorit Goldman

My beloved pet was a Spanish moss. I placed it above my kitchen sink. Just in front of my kitchen window.

When it got unhappy and sick(ish), I took it out, and hung it on the back of A tree. That tree was blocking this same window. This way, I was able to enjoy its spread growth.

…That morning, I found my self-exposed to the street, in front of my own naked window. There was no tree. I ran out quickly and found it all chopped up neatly on the grass.

The luminance couple were very polite: “we knocked on your door,” one of them argued. I looked at my phone: it was 07:30am.

“I must have been asleep,” I answered with a blocked thought.

“The real estate demanded it to be removed,” they kept explaining while, hurting my eyes with their loud jackets. Apparently, there were two different experts who came specially to sign an important document. It concluded this fig tree was causing irreversible damage to the wall.

‘Keep’ (2016) Dorit Goldman

I went inside and called the agent. He kindly suggested: “we can install a blind and bars for you,” in a very reassuring voice. “But the tree was too young to make any damage to the building wall,” I kept moaning, “and there is damage on the other side of the building too.” I tried to keep arguing for this chopped up tree. It is most likely a damage caused by the recent floods.

“It is possible that its roots were blocking your sewer too,” the agent kept exhausting my thinks in a very professional manner, so I finally hung up.

Still haunted by unspeakable sin thesis.

-Dorit Goldman

‘Roots’ (2016), Dorit Goldman

photosinthesis“My MFA research paper is due mid next year..I’ve been hunting those tree roots shots for a long time now… I call my research paper: ‘artintimidatinglife.’ It evolved from the name, ‘whr.do.i.come.from | wht.m.i  | whr.m.i.going’ which is directly referring to French artist, Paul Gauguin’s painting , ‘Where Do We Come From What Are We Where Are We Going’. In 2013, I called my trees shots ‘tools’ but it evolved to a different name : ‘photosinthesis.’

It’s a bit of a long development and story but I can throw a small, poetic story around my experience of it all if you interested.”

-Dorit Goldman


Dorit Goldman is part of Enrgybirdz, the featured artists of Issue 20 of Rochford Street Review.

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