Sigalit Landau’s Salt Bride

Please welcome our guest blogger Ela Rogers to Haute Macabre! I’ve been following Ela for a bit on Instagram, and she recently posted a haunting image of this series. I contacted her shortly thereafter to see if she would contribute a piece about the project to Haute Macabre, and was so glad when she agreed. Please follow her on Instagram for more of her insights on art and her daily life.

Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

Sigalit Landau is an Israeli artist inspired by the alchemy of the sea. As a child, her family would visit the salt-rich shores of the Dead Sea (a body of water nearly ten times the salt content of the ocean), not knowing just how much those waters would influence her future creative work.

Her most recent project titled, “Salt Bride”, Landau collaborated with nature by submerging a dress in the Dead Sea for a time period of two months during 2014. Photographer Yotam From captured the haunting underwater images. Her concept was inspired by the Yiddish play, “Dybbuk” by S. Ansky, written between 1913-1916. The replica costume garment–a jet black, early twentieth-century-style gown represents the story’s lead character, Leah. It is a tale, richly painted in sorcery and romance, of a young bride who becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead lover, and is consequently exorcised. The fabric, black as pitch and associated with death and darkness, is slowly transformed and becomes supernaturally cleansed by the water’s salinity, emerging from its temporary tomb–the purest of white, heavily caked in salt and glimmering crystals for its dramatic resurrection…a bridal gown it had always intended to become.

In Landau’s own alluring words about the progression, “It looks like snow, sugar, like death’s embrace”…”An anticipated yet uncontrolled organic process set in motion”.

At first sight of these ghostly images, I had an emotional response, seeing the dress stand beneath the surface, erect, as if under an enchanted spell…the arms and torso filled with rhythmic water, where flesh would be…submerged in silence, awaiting its recovery. I was then snared by the notion of being forgotten, and the parts of ourselves that feel abandoned during our journey in life and relationships…while visualizing this gown paused beneath the water, in the daylight, then in the dark. It makes you question, what have you left down in the dark waters that needs to be brought up and retrieved within yourself? I could relate to the symbolism of feeling locked into a situation to endure a process, and how one can feel tethered down, alone, and frightened of how long change will take. However, I can speak for myself, that sometimes, when we are forced down into those murky depths of darkness, we undergo our own most important work, our own salty metamorphosis, unseen from the surface. It mustn’t be rushed, for it is naturally organic, and if we are patient, it can lead to our inner most beauty.

The eight-part photo series of life-sized prints are on display at London’s Marlborough Contemporary gallery, through September 3rd.

Image credits: Sigalit Landau/Marlborough Contemporary
Photo of dress above water: Image via Matanya Tausig
Sigalit Landau’s website: http://www.sigalitlandau.com/

Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

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Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

Three Ravens Company Giveaway

Three Ravens Co

Based out of Philadelphia, Three Ravens Company creates hand crafted scents, delivered via candles and bath and body products. The fragrances are each imbued with a heavy hand of devotion, love, and inspiration. You may recognize the name from the recent launch of BloodMilk’s Exquisite Corpse debut collection, where Three Ravens Company collaborated on a series of now sold out candles.

Three Ravens Company was born from a place of loneliness, when owner Christina Tommassello’s husband was actively deployed in the military for long stretches of time. Rather than succumb to a depression, she turned to scent formulation, working quietly, late at night.

My process has always been a solitary one. It had always been my indulgence, a sort of stealing away and selfishly focusing on the one thing that was just for me. I’ll spend months obsessing over a formula. Perfecting it. I’m always inspired by books and film. Characters or places in time. Piecing together that person or place and building an environment with scent is what I look forward to most every night now. 

Learning candle making, perfume, soap… all those came later. I needed to learn a way to offer those scents to others. A medium to house them. Candles came first. And learning those gave me more months-long obsessions to bury myself in late at night. 

From this, Three Ravens Company was born.

Haute Macabre is very pleased to offer one of our readers an prize pack of items from Three Ravens Company.

To enter to win one double wick candle plus your choice of three Travelers Tin and an assortment of mini dram scent samples, please visit ThreeRavensCompany.com, and tell us in the comments below what your favorite scent offered is, based on their descriptions. 

We’ll pick a winner at random in one week, on Wednesday, September 7! **CONTEST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED!**

Congratulations to Sara, commenter #86! 

Three Ravens Co

Three Ravens Co

 

The Woodcuts of Bryn Perrott

 

Bryn Perrot‘s amazing woodcuts  are my new droolworthy-thing-I-seriously-need.  You can’t really get a sense of scale from the photos, but these are all nice big wall hanging pieces, not wee little rubber stamps. Although they would make AMAZING rubber stamps.

Did I mention that there are pet portraits?

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate will be releasing the winter 2016 collection, Cahier Perdu, this coming Friday, September 2. Audrey Cantwell’s designs have evolved from bamboo jersey basics to a more tailored and elegant aesthetic. This collection features pieces composed primarily of silk, linen, wool, and cotton jersey, a luxurious combination of sleek yet subltle  garments.

Cahier Perdu, meaning Lost Notebook, is leaving me with the lingering feeling of a peaceful mood. The structured collars and loosely fitted dresses give off a beautiful feeling of a casual Puritanical look, a perfect oxymoron in a completely wearable collection. Each of Ovate’s collections to date have added long time staples to my wardrobe, and I see no difference here. Each item is expertly and precisely crafted to provide the wearer with an synchronous silhouette, capable of seamlessly weaving in and out of any era or situation.

Shop the Cahier Perdu collection at Ovate.ca on Friday, September 2.

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

Ovate Cahier Perdu

The Haute List

Bell-Sleeve Lace Top$59 $47.20  +  Bell-Sleeve Dress$442 $265  +  Strappy Lace Top, $19.99

Faux Leather Dress$27.90 $19.99 +  Classic Biker Jacket, $500  +  Hunt Boot, $183

Harem Jumpsuit, $150  +  Everette Bag$248 $173  +   Adelaine Dress $511 $306

Memorial Stitches

Memorial Stitches

The little witches and wonders of Memorial Stitches embroidery were restocked this morning, and sold out almost instantly.

Inspired by Edward Gorey and memorial art, Carrie Violet, the artist behind these little wonders, will have her fingers busy over the next few weeks, and will hopefully fill her shop again for us.

Visit the Memorial Stitches shop and follow Carrie on Instagram.

Memorial Stitches

Memorial Stitches

Memorial Stitches

Memorial Stitches

Crystal Mary by KillDie

Crystal Virgins by KillDie

Kyle Montgomery metamorphosizes Mary statues into crystal beings, creating the iconic feminine into an even more ethereal and divine image.

Although Kyle does not have a portfolio website, you may follow his Instagram for more of his work. Images via Slow Culture Gallery.

Crystal Virgins by KillDie

Crystal Virgins by KillDie

Crystal Virgins by KillDie

Crystal Virgins by KillDie

Crystal Virgins by KillDie

Alchemically Altered: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Swatches

Alchemically Altered, the 2016 Fall Colour collection by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, is my favorite collection from them yet. Six new rich jewel toned Lip Tars are launching on August 26 at 12AM, EST, along with six loose pigments and glitters.

OCC was kind enough to send me the collection to preview for you in this new video, where I’ll be swatching all six new Lip Tar RTW shades.

Music by Belong, “Who Told You This Room Exists”

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Ensemble of Shadows

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Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows has been around as long as I can remember, always busy being weirder than the next band, living somewhere in the space between Diamanda Galas and a terrible nightmare you had after eating dodgy fish and watching Brahm Stoker’s Dracula. Lead singer Anna-Varney Cantodea is one of those incredibly visual people who has always chosen to forgo mundane ideas like ‘pretty’ for something more like ‘otherworldy’ and ‘alien’.

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What interests me currently is Cantodea’s transformation as she ages. After all, she was DEATHROCK AS FUCK when I was still listening to Cyndi Lauper, and she shows no signs at all of slowing down. Instead, she’s just become the best witch ever. #Squadgoals, y’all.

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Strange Beauty: Adipocere Embroidery

Adipocere Embroidery

It’s impossible to not be absolutely enamored by the embroidery work of Adipocere. Hand embroidered on linen and on skin –  I am desperately hoping to eventually add the latter to my collection – each piece is a subtle glimpse into a world of dark haired girls and their night-creature companions.

New works are currently on display at Bein Art Gallery in Australia, closing September 13, with [linen] pieces available for sale. Follow Adipocere on Instagram for updates on new embroidery and upcoming exhibits.

Adipocere Embroidery

Adipocere Embroidery

Adipocere Embroidery

Adipocere Embroidery

Adipocere Embroidery

Adipocere Embroidery

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