Saturday, August 6, 2016

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

THE NEW YORK TIMES
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, marlboroughlondon.com.