Driving from the Bay Area to her teaching position at the University of California, Davis, for close to thirty years, Gyöngy Laky witnessed the winter pruning of the orchards. "I had a strong visual response to the trimmed branches," says Laky. "I was born in 1944 in Hungary during the war. We had nothing. I found the pruned branches beautiful and useful, and the idea that they were considered waste to be burned, abhorrent."
Gyöngy Laky's work employs materials from nature, with the occasional inclusion of recycled elements. Her sculptural constructions, referred to as textile architecture, hang on the wall or are free-standing. Laky's themes cross varieties of subjects and social issues, often taking the form of words, letters, or symbols.
As of 2005, Gyöngy Laky is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. Her work is in museum collections in Europe and the United States, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California. Laky received her graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.