Speaking about art always makes for endless discussions. It doesn’t always have to be a complicated piece or the result of a born talent. Sometimes, art is as simple as being creative and using bits of your imagination, like this Israeli artist did. Sigalit Landau used a dress inspired by an old play and turned it into a masterpiece, only by adding it to the Dead Sea, for her laters Salt Bride project.
Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has a fascination with salt. That’s why she loves working with the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest waters on Earth. For her project in 2014, she plunged a dress into the Dead Sea’s famous waters for 2 months and waited.
Her inspiration was a 1916 Yiddish play The Dybbuk. The play tells the story of a young Hasidic woman who is engaged to be married, but becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead lover. The bride, Leah, is wearing a traditional Hasidic dress. It is also a symbol of her exorcism and possession.
The artist’s inspiration is actually quite personal. She grew up on a hill overlooking the northern part of the sea, and considers the sea as something magical. Actually, she has previously used the salt-filled water for her art, filming videos in the water and covering objects in salt crystals to create sculptures. For the artist, this is her way of interpreting the story, as the dress transforms from a symbol associated with death and madness into a wedding dress. The dress didn’t come out as expected, though.
After she put the dress below the surface, she returned every few weeks to see how the water’s salt crystals clung to the fabric and transformed the black garment.
“It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined,” Sigalet described.
It even caused troubles when people tried to remove it from the water.
The dress and Sigalet’s photographs of the progress have become part of the Salt Bride exhibition, on display at London’s Marlborough Contemporary.
It does look magical, doesn’t it?