Szilvia Ponyiczki is a British-Hungarian artist based in Lincolnshire. Her work brings together interrogations concerning identity, our personal and collective unconscious, and delves into the symbolism, messages and representation of dreams.
Szilvia worked as an architect for fifteen years and fine art practice has always been an important factor in her life. In 2016 she began her studies for an MFA degree in Nottingham.
She believes that our unconscious has important messages for us, in the form of dreams, which are worth listening to: “Our mind can work more freely during our sleep, when there is no interference from the outside world. Dreams allow our unconscious to take the lead, liberating our mind from logical constraints. Our dreams are related to whatever occupies the most our mind during the day; dreams can provide specific solutions to current dilemmas. Dreams are an inexhaustible resource of inspiration.”
Painting dreams, using dreams as a basis for visual arts has always been present in human history, but the most well-known art movement that merged dreaming and reality into a kind of absolute reality, was the Surrealism. Szilvia combines their approach with a keen interest in Jungian psychology; agreeing with Jeanette Winterson’s specification, that artistic constructions are not private dreams but collective (i.e. archetypal) visions. The world the artist’s imagination creates “is not a private nightmare, not even a private dream, it is a shared human connection that traces the possibilities of past and future in the whorl of now.” 1
Szilvia’s work examines the representation of nocturnal dreams, focusing mainly on those which appear in the hypnagogic phase of sleeping. These are the ones that go through our minds as we fall asleep or slowly awaken. Being struck by the images she turns them into paintings. Some of her dreams are transferred to canvas without any translation, while others are corrected by waking reasoning. “I prefer to develop a canvas soon after the dream experience, when the vision is still very clear in my head. In this case the painting will not only depict a scene or an object, but can give back the feelings related to the dream. My artworks are characterized by unrealistic, vivid colours which give them dreamlike quality.”
She investigates the potential of lucid dreaming in the creation process.
Szilvia paints mainly with acrylics, incorporating text elements in different languages into her paintings as metaphors for the unconscious and as symbols of multiculturality and constant change which are important factors in her own life. The same way as these texts cannot be fully read or understood, the information from our unconscious cannot be completely retrieved.
“I think that to live a happy and satisfying life, we have to believe in our own significance and in a meaningful existence, whilst acknowledging and respecting the uniqueness and intrinsic value of every human being. To achieve this, having a clear sense of one’s own identity and individuality are crucial.”
The feelings invoked by her work lead the audience to scrutinize their own life and struggles, to look within, ultimately to discover their own truth, identity, and meaning.
1.Onega, S. (2013). Jeanette Winterson. Oxford University Press.
2016 - Present, MFA (Fine Art) - Nottingham Trent University, UK
2014-2015, L3 Award in Education and Training - Grantham College, UK
2010-2011, L2 Creative Craft - Grantham College, UK
2004 – 2008, MBA, Human Management - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
2000-2002, Mixed Media Studies -“Napút” Open University of Art, Budapest, Hungary
1999-2001, Painting and Etching -”Nagyvarad Square” Art School, Budapest, Hungary
1997-1998, Aquarelle Painting - Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
1992 – 1997, MSc (Arch) - Budapest University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Hungary
2014 – Present, Lecturer of Hungarian – Grantham College, UK
2005 – Present, Managing Director and Interior Designer – ArcheMed Ltd, Hungary
1998 – 2008, Architect/Project Architect – Intermanagement Iroda Ltd, Hungary
1997-1998, Architectural Technician – PRL Wood-House Ltd, Hungary
Recent Exhibitions and Other Presence
March 2018 - 'Threads' Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London
January - March 2018 - Exhibition, LVA Gallery, Sheraton Hotel, London
December 2017 - Poly-Art Exhibition, Érd, Hungary
November 2017 - 'Evocativo' Exhibition, Art Gallery 37, Turin, Italy
August 2017 - Radio Report in Radio Bézs’s ‘Lila tinta/Purple Ink’ show, reporters: G. Szerényi, I. Frank, Hungary
July 2017 - 'Dreams and Extremes' Exhibition, finalist, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield
July 2017 - 'Event One' Exhibition, Primary, Nottingham
from July 2017 onwards - 'Something Blue' Exhibition, online presence on Cultivate Gallery
July -August 2017 - Chester Art Centre Open Exhibition, Chester
June 2017 - MFA winner for the Nottingham Trent University marketing campaign, 'MA show student image'
June 2017 - 'Threads' Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
June 2017 - 'oneiroi' zine, Issue 3, publication
March 2017 - Mixed Exhibition, Carre Gallery, Sleaford
March 2017 - 'Threads' Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London
February 2017 - 'Caught in the Whirl' featured in the AverageArt's Magazine February 2017 edition - http://averagearts.bigcartel.com
December 2016 - Poly-Art Exhibition, Érd, Hungary
from December 2016 onwards - paintings operate as background images for the Hungarian TV Show, 'Sztárportré / Star Portraits'
November 2016 - eNRA Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Mining Museum, Rozsnyó, Slovakia
November 2016 - 'Mustra' Exhibition, Community Centre, Érd, Hungary
October 2016 - RSMA Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
August 2016 - ROVAS Exhibition, MKE Artists’ Residency, Tihany, Hungary
February 2016 - eNRA Exhibition, Vermes Villa Contemporary Hungarian Art Gallery, Slovakia
August 2015 - ROVAS Exhibition, Community Centre, Jablonca, Slovakia
April 2014 - 'Összhangban / In harmony' solo exhibition with Emőke László, Community Centre, Érd, Hungary
November 2014 - eNRA Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Mining museum, Rozsnyó, Slovakia
August 2014 - ROVAS Exhibition, MKE Artists’ Residency, Tihany, Hungary
May 2014 - International Friendship Group Exhibition, Grantham Town Hall, UK
14. April 2014 - Radio Report in RadioQ 'Teremőr/Museum Guard' Art Show, reporter: Gábor Szerényi
August 2017 - ROVÁS (art director: Ottó Szabó), Tihany, Hungary
August 2016 - ROVÁS (art director: Ottó Szabó), Tihany, Hungary
August 2015 - ROVÁS (art director: Ottó Szabó), Jablonca, Slovakia
August 2014 - ROVÁS (art director: Ottó Szabó), Tihany, Hungary
July 2014 - 'Napút' Art Academy of Anthroposophy (art directors: Zoltán Döbröntei, József Zsolt Simon), Kapolcs, Hungary
In 2017 I became a fellow artist of the ‘Focus on Identity’ international art project, comprising 20 artists from 14 countries. Our work addresses concepts of identity and belonging.
I am a member of the Artists' Pool (www.theartistspool.co.uk)
Since 2014 I have been a fellow artist of the ROVÁS Art Group (www.rovart.com) I have been writing several art and architecture related articles (in Hungarian) to their website as follows:
- 'Jonathan Yeo Portraits' in Denmark
- Contemporary Muslim Calligraphy
- Nepalese Thangka Painting I.
- Nepalese Thangka Painting II.
- Animal Road Signs Around the World
- Architecture of Ancient Matera
- South Italian 'Trullo' Architecture
- The Ancient Svanetian Towers of Georgia
- Frogner Park and the Vigeland Installation, Oslo
- Bauhaus Architecture in Tel-Aviv
Copyright @ Szilvia Ponyiczki 2017