Monday 5 September 2016

Salt Bride by Sigalit Landau

Salt Crystal Bride Gown III, 2014. Sigalit Landau & Marlborough Contemporary.
Sigalit Landau leaves dress in the Dead Sea for 2 months and it turns into glittering salt crystal masterpiece

For her project titled 'Salt Bride', Israeli artist Sigalit Landau decided to submerge a black gown in the Dead Sea. The gown spent 2 months in the salt-rich waters in 2014. The result is magical.

The project is an eight-part photo series inspired by S. Ansky’s 1916 play titled Dybbuk. The play is about a young Hasidic woman who becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead lover, and Landau’s salt-encrusted gown is a replica of the one worn in the dramatic production of the 1920s.
Landau checked on the black gown various times in order to capture the gradual process of salt crystalisation.
The work was on display at London’s Marlborough Contemporary.

Image courtesy: Sigalit Landau/Marlborough Contemporary

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