For his latest project, an eight-part photo series called " Bride of Salt " in 2014, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau submerged a 19th-century style dress in the lifeless waters of the Dead Sea. The dress was then photographed every three months to register its slow transformation into a magical salt crystal, and as you can see from the photos below, the transformation is quite significant.
As salt adhered to the fabric, the black dress gradually became stiffer and changed from charcoal to pearly white.
"It looks like snow, like sugar, like the embrace of death ," the artist poetically said in a statement.
Sigalit has been fascinated by the Dead Sea for a very long time. Growing up on a hill in Jerusalem, he often looked out the window and saw its waters in the distance, and visited its shores on weekends. So it's no wonder that the lowest lifeless place on earth has also influenced your artistic career.
- "It's like the encounter with a different time system, a different logic, another planet," says the artist. he experimented with salt crystallization of objects in the Dead Sea for a while,Dead Sea 2005.
The 19th-century style dress worn by Singalit in the project is a replica of that used in S. Ansky 's 1916 dramatic production" Dybbuk ", a classic that inspired the artist. it tells the story of a young bride possessed by an evil spirit and then exorcised. in his art, the salt symbolizes the supernatural force, invading the tissue and turning it completely.
"Sal bride" is currently in exhibition at London's contemporary Marlborough Gallery , where art lovers will be able to admire the photos of this magical Dead Sea transformation until September 3rd.