Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has great interest with salt.
She also likes to work with the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth.
For her most recent project, Salt Bride, Sigalit decided to go back to her roots and soaked a dress into the Dead Sea’s salty waters and waited for two long years.
Yes, it seems like a weird thing to do but it was the 1916 play called The Dybbuk that inspired her to do so.
The play is about a young Hasidic woman who is to be wedded into a well-to-do family. However, she became possessed by the spirit of her dead lover.
The dress re-creates one used in the production of the play. Sigalit followed the progress it made under the sea, returning every three months to check how salt crystals attached to the fabric.
The dress gradually transformed from plain black clothing into something more enchanting.
The dress is a symbolic transformation, both of the character’s experience and Sigalet’s deep connection to the Dead Sea.
She said in a statement: “Over the years, I learned 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.”
The results of her project did not disappoint.
“It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined,” she expressed.
The salt crystals gave the dress additional weight than any of them expected. Removing the results out of the sea was a difficult task.
But look at how beautiful the dress became!
The dress and some photographs of the progress became part of the Salt Bride exhibition.
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