Ayala Serfaty: the artist behind Aqua Creations

Ayala Serfaty Clear wall light from the Soma series This is the Clear wall light of 2011 from Ayala Serfaty's Soma series. It is 203cm x 80cm and made of glass rods with a polymer skin. It is lot 158  at Sotheby's New York Important 20th century Design sale on Saturday. The estimate is $40,000 to $60,000.

This is the culmination of a year in which four of her pieces were acquired for museums. They included three other Soma Light Sculptures:  Wild (2009) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York's Collection of Contemporary Art...

Ayala Serfaty Wild wall light metropolitan museum of art new york

...Andrea's Trust (2006), donated by Charles Bronfman to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston...

Andrea's Trust floor light by Ayala Serfaty Boston Museum of Fine Arts

...and Joy of Transition (2012) commissioned for their permanent collection by the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC...

Ayala Serfaty Joy of Transition Soma light sculpture

Ayala's new web site is here.

Better still, do watch this video. Ayala explains what she is doing, and how. You get to see the Joy of Transition before the polymer skin is applied. I'd like to see this version too (and she herself is wistful about its being obscured. What do you think?

Why does her work matter specifically to Fine Lighting News readers?

Because it reminds us of the many great artists and architects who have designed lights and that by buying a light (in this case) from Aqua Creations, you are acquiring a work by an artist who is also represented in the permanent collections of the world's greatest museums.

Ayala Serfaty with Andrea's Trust light sculpture


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