In the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau is experimenting with salt and art using an object that you'd least expect. She immersed a dress in the sea and worked with Yotam From to photograph the dress as it transformed shaped and changed color from black into white. The series of photographs, called Salt Bride, are now on display at the Marlborough Contemporary art gallery in London.
The Salt Bride dress is reminiscent of the “traditional Hasidic garment” worn by a character in the Yiddish play The Dybbuk. The play, penned by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, chronicles a bride possessed by evil who is exorcised. Landau’s art explores themes of death and change by focusing in on how the Dead Sea altered the dress’s appearance. Salt Bride is comprised of eight images shot during the dress’s transformation.
According to a statement from the Marlborough Contemporary, “Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be.”
It’s not the first time Landau has worked with the Dead Sea as an essential part of her artwork. She has immersed other items in the sea and even created a floating art installation with watermelons in the sea.
Landau said in a statement, “Over the years, I learnt more and more about this low and strange place. Still the magic is there waiting for us: new experiments, ideas, and understandings. It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet. It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined.”
Salt Bride will be on display at the Marlborough Contemporary through September 3.
Images courtesy of Sigalit Landau/Marlborough Contemporary, Matanya Tausig/Marlborough Contemporary, and Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary