For the last 15 years, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has used the Dead Sea as a medium, utilising the water’s hypersalinity to wrap everyday objects in salt crystals.
Her nearly two-decades-long work has produced countless pieces unbelievably cocooned in sparkling salt. Some of the items she’s transformed were chosen for their shape and texture, while others were family heirlooms.
“These objects leave ‘the game’ of being useful ‘things’ and enter a new realm – the open space of representation,” she told Colossal.
“They lose their old features and dimensions and inhale a certain pureness of spirit, treated by climate and enhanced by emotion.”
Landau’s process involves leaving the items suspended in the water for months before retrieving the nearly unrecognisable results.
For instance, a 2014 series entitled Salt Dress involved soaking a black wedding garment for three months. “It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace,” Landau said of the final product.
After a year of writing, the artist has finally finished her book, Salt Years. It features 300 pages documenting her work with the Dead Sea. It includes new performances, behind-the-scenes photos, personal notes, and essays.
The book is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo.
Via This is Colossal