Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hasidic and Kabbalistic Story Inspires Artist Sigalit Landau’s Salt Crystal Gown

By Hettie Juddah
Salt Crystal Bride Gown VI, 2014 by Sigalit Landau
UNITED KINGDOM---Though she grew up partly in London and Philadelphia, the Jerusalem-born artist Sigalit Landau feels a particular, powerful connection to the Dead Sea. When conceiving “Salt Bride,” Landau drew inspiration from “The Dybbuk”: S. Ansky’s 1916 drama of star-crossed love and exorcism rooted in Jewish folklore. Betrothed to the son of a wealthy family, a young Hasidic woman, Leah, becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead lover. It’s a story infused with “black magic and Kabbalistic content,” Landau explains. “It’s a side of Judaism that is more romantic and mystic.” [link]

“Sigalit Landau: Salt Bride” is on view through Sept. 3 at Marlborough Contemporary, 6 Albemarle Street, London,