Salt of the art

Sigalit Landau’s monumental ‘Salt Years’ reveals her inner world while addressing wider issues.

September 12, 2019 11:34
Salt of the art

A SALTED replica of the black dress worn by legendary actress Hanna Robina, in the 1922 Habima Theater rendition of the 'Dybbuk'.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The act of creation is the most primordial of beasts. But where does it all start? It can be thrilling to see a musician on stage who appears to be a “mere” conduit for the sounds they are ostensibly producing, rather than having a hands-on say in what comes out. I have had the rare pleasure of witnessing that myself on a couple of occasions over the years. The $64,000 dollar question is, does the same laissez-faire mindset apply to the plastic arts? When, for example, a painter applies brush to canvas, who/what guides their movements across the cloth? Do they have to connect with “a higher source,” or their deep inner feelings and thoughts, and just go with the flow, to produce a genuine work of art? Or is it a more interventionist affair?

That question can certainly be posed with regard to Sigalit Landau’s monumental Sea Stains and Salt Years body of work. Last Friday, Landau was the focus of avid attention at an event which took place at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem to mark the release of her Salt Years book, which features stunning images taken by photographer Yotam From. The Salt Years book was lavishly produced with the help of Michael Gordon, who took care of graphic design and visual editing, and editor David Goss, with Einat Adi responsible for substantive editing.


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