Your beautiful and still creepy photos of the day are brought to you straight from the Dead Sea and Israeli artist Sigalit Landau.
Landau took a replica of the 1920’s traditional Hasidic, specifically, one worn by the character Leah from the Yiddish play “The Dybbuk,” and submerged it in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea for two years beginning in 2014.
Written by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, The Dybbuk tells the story of a young bride possessed by an evil spirit and subsequently exorcised. In Landau’s Salt Bride series, Leah’s black garb is transformed underwater as salt crystals gradually adhere to the fabric. 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.
The life-sized images of the dress are on display until September 3rd at the Marlborough Contemporary museum in London.
Landau has experience bathing objects in the saline waters of the Dead Sea to tell a story. Her art can be strikingly beautiful and sometimes even gruesome. Then there are her pieces, like Salt Bride, which perhaps can be best described as morbidly striking.
Visit her site HERE.
Image credits: Matanya Tausig