Ayala Serfaty’s evocative light sculpture, Joy of Transition, now adorns a corner of the Design Gallery on Level 3 of Mint Museum Uptown. Delicate, ethereal, and fragile, this sculpture is made from glass rods individually heated with a torch and formed into abstract shapes that evoke the natural world. The glass forms are sprayed with a polymer coating and lit from behind so that they glow from within. Joy of Transition is part of a series of light sculptures called SOMA—the Greek word for the human body, chosen to suggest the sculptures’ connection to living beings. The title has many possible interpretations, including the evolution of art, craft, and design, and the opening of the new building at Mint Museum Uptown.
Project Ten Ten Ten commission. Museum Purchase: Founders’ Circle 2011 Annual Cause. Art © Ayala Serfaty 2012. Image © Mint Museum of Art, Inc. © Ayala Serfaty, 2012.