BARBED HULA, 2000
Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel
Cycle Spun (2007) comprises three discrete video loops by Sigalit Landau (b. 1969). Functioning together as a trilogy and a triptych of moving images, the videos each depict a performative act of spinning, or circular motion, against a landscape backdrop in Landau's native Israel. In the wall-sized projection DeadSee (2005), a cord connects five hundred watermelons, creating a six-meter, spiral shaped raft on the salt-saturated waters of the Dead Sea. Secured within this sculptural configuration, the artist floats with an arm outstretched toward a collection of "wounded" fruits, their intensely red flesh revealed. The nautilus form gradually unfurls, leaving the surface of the water a nearly monochromatic azure and the artist's body exposed.