A black dress submerged in the Dead Sea was transformed into a beautiful, white, crystalline creation.
Israeli photographer Sigalit Landau captured underwater images of the dress over a period of two months, as the salt crystals gradually adhered to the fabric of the dress. The eight-photo series is called “Salt Bride.”
The transformation is amazing.
“The Dead Sea – the lifeless, lowest place on earth, in which the dress was immersed in one state, and from which it was pulled out in a very different form – sets an anticipated yet uncontrolled organic process in motion,” a release by Marlborough Contemporary stated.
"My work is very much concerned with the body and my body wants to be a mirror of the place, and I believe this is true in reverse as well; the body can be like metaphor, you can write on the sand, salt crystallization can act as a "scab", it goes back and forth from the land to the body to several narratives" Sigalit Landau interviewed by @keenonmag Marlborough Contemporary is pleased to present "Salt Bride", a serie of eight large colour prints by @sigalitlandau. Preview: Thursday 28 July 2016, 12:00 – 14:00 Image: Sigalit Landau, Salt Crystal Bride Gown VIII, 2014 (detail). Colour print, 163 x 109. Photo: Studio Sigalit Landau #SaltBride #SigalitLandau #Salt #DeadSea #marlboroughcontemporary
Despite its deceptively small size, it took five men to remove the salt-covered dress from the lifeless sea.
The black dress is a replica of the costume worn by the female character Leah in the canonical Yiddish play, “The Dybbuk,” Marlborough Contemporary stated.
The dress featured in Sigalit Landau's "Salt Bride" is a replica of a traditional Hasidic garment worn by the female character #Leah in the canonical Yiddish play #TheDybbuk, as portrayed by legendary actress #HannaRovina for forty years with the #HabimaTheatre, first in Russia and then in Israel #SaltBride #SigalitLandau #Salt #DeadSea #marlboroughcontemporary
“The Dybbuk tells the story of a young bride possessed by an evil spirit and subsequently exorcised,” experts from the gallery explained. “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 looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined,” the gallery quoted photographer Sigalit Landau as saying.