Sigalit Landau’s Salt Bride
When combined, nature and man made objects can create something beautiful. Israeli artist Sigalit Landau demonstrated just that when she submerged a nineteenth century dress in the Dead Sea for three months for her project titled Salt Bride.
Landau and her partner, Yotam From, put together eight large color prints of the garment, which are on display at London’s Marlborough Contemporary. The traditional Hasidic dress Landau used for the project was created to replicate an outfit worn by young bride Leah in The Dybbuk, a 100-year-old Yiddish play.
In the play, Leah is possessed by an evil spirit and then exorcised. “By submerging Leah’s dress in the Dead Sea, it is transformed underwater as salt crystals gradually adhere to the fabric,” a press release from Marlborough Contemporary reads. “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.”
Landau and From visited the dress periodically over the course of three months to take stunning underwater photos of its salt-accumulating progress. Salt Bride runs through Sept. 3 at Marlborough Contemporary in London.