An artist named Sigalit Landau has come up with a brilliant idea for incorporating her home country of Israel into her art: using the Dead Sea. Landau grew up on a hill in Jerusalem where she could overlook the Dead Sea. Her family visited it’s shore on the weekends, so she has always had a fascination with its unique properties. Her latest project, an eight-part photo series called Salt Bride, began two years ago with suspending a dress in the Dead Sea’s salty waters.
The submerged garment was a black dress, a replica from a costume worn in the 1920’s in the Russian play The Dybbuk. The play, written by S. Ansky in 1916, features elements of magic and romance, so Landau wanted to create a piece of art that echoed these elements. Landau soaked the dress in the Dead Sea for two years, only recently retrieving it.
Landau has experimented with using the Dead Sea in her art before. The two pieces below, a violin and a dream catcher, were both suspended in the salty waters.
But none of her other works are as breathtaking as the ones of this dress.
While submerged, the dress became completely encrusted in salt crystals. You can’t even tell that the dress was originally black! She checked on the dress every few months and photographed the magical progression.
The play which inspired Landau’s work is about a woman who is possessed by the spirit of her dead lover. It’s so appropriate that Launda’s art is inspired by a ghost story! These images are absolutely chilling.
When the dress was finally pulled out of the Dead Sea, it becomes totally clear why the project is called Salt Bride. It has turned completely white like a bridal gown!
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