Sigalit Landau grew up overlooking the Dead Sea. She could see it from her bedroom window, in her home on a tall hill, and was always fascinated with the waters. On the weekends, her family would take trips to the shoreline, and the salty waters captivated her as if they were another world. The delicate, magical transformation is slow. Over the course of two years, Landau photographs the dress’ progression from black to white. Little salt crystals cling to the fabric and begin to harden it in place. They band together, outlining each crease and wrinkle, each button and ruffle, encasing the moments in white.The dress was immersed to endure the transformation, and Landau thought it was symbolic to develop the photographs through liquid emulsion. The dress was no longer black, and no part of the original dress was visible through the casing of salt.Each step of the process reminded her of her childhood. Returning to the shorelines where she spent time with her family was touching. Creating artwork that would inspire others allowed her to tap into the past and the present, creating an emotional work of art.The strands and strings that held the dress in place were starting to break away, but they had also been encased in salt.
The haunting photographs are on display at London’s Marlborough Contemporary until September of 2016, but thankfully, many other pictures were shared online for the rest of us to marvel at. It truly is a fascinating piece!
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