Friday, August 12, 2016

As the Dead Sea Dries Out, an Artist Immortalizes It

By Charlotte Jansen
Sigalit Landau, Salt Crystal Bride Gown III, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Contemporary, London. Photo by Studio Sigalit Landau.
UNITED KINGDOM---As a child, Sigalit Landau grew up gazing out over the jagged hills of the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea and the distant skyline of Jordan beyond. The lake’s incomparable beauty entranced the prominent Israeli artist, who has returned to it throughout her career, as a metaphor and as a medium. Landau’s latest project, Salt Bride (2016), now on view at Marlborough Contemporary, London, sees her return to the Dead Sea’s waters once again. For her more recent salt-dipped sculptures, Landau harnesses the Dead Sea’s salt to act as a catalyst, mutating objects including a violin, children’s shoes, a dreamcatcher, and a noose. [link]