The exhibition “Soma” takes place at the Jeannette Assia Gallery at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and was curated by Meira Yagid-Haimovici.
“Soma” was created by the Israeli artist-designer Ayala Serfaty in collaboration with glass artists Eytan Hall and Anna Gautier. It is a large light sculpture consisting of a structure made of glass filaments which was covered by a polymer web. The word “Soma” means Body in Greek and in Hebrew it refers to blindness.
When entering the room I was truly amazed by the beauty of this piece, its simplicity and purity. This special work changes its aspect depending on where the viewer stands and from which point of view (literally and metaphorically) one looks at it.
The setting, a quiet and small room, offers a real “haven of peace” to the visitors and creates an intimate atmosphere of meditation and fantasy. Although the piece is made of artificial materials, it looks organic and natural, like a landscape. For some reason the sculpture made me think of corals, clouds, cocoons and even of Monet’s paintings of Nenuphars.
So, finally what is “Soma” all about? The answer will depend on your own meditations, interpretations and expectations that you, the viewer, will bring when visiting this fascinating exhibition.
You can also watch this video about “Soma”.
Ayala Serfaty: “SOMA”, Until 14 February 2009, Tel Aviv Museum of Art