"Look here, I know there is nothing for me to believe in
and I know that before long I shall be leaving,
but stretching my heart to be a string
to the azure I started to sing
to him I search for in vain as alive or when dead later
whom no one knows where to find here or in the ether.
But now as my muscles get softer just
so I have a feeling my friend, that in the dust,
where I was groping by clogs of earth and souls
I was the guest of a grand and unknown Lord."
My work brings together interrogations concerning identity, our personal and collective unconscious, and delves into the symbolism, messages and representation of dreams.
People of ancient cultures were great believers in dreams and their powers. They were convinced that dreams were oracles, messages of gods or demons; and depending on their culture they had different rituals facilitating insightful dreams.
Unfortunately this knowledge has gradually lost its importance during the development of mankind. Dream appreciation and interpretation gained back some of its importance through the writings of S. Freud and C. G. Jung, and through the works of the surrealists in arts.
I believe that dream representation can take us back to that lost ancient knowledge of mankind, make the human unconscious accessible; showing us what we do not know, what we do not notice.
Dreams can help us to gain better insight into problems, offer new and creative solutions, and lead to a new way of thinking. Not only because our brain can work freely during sleeping when there are no disturbances from daily life, but because it has access to both the personal and the collective unconscious. This inner world of ours, where a higher intelligence resides, can be a source of imaginative wisdom and understanding. Looking for the latent content of dreams, interpreting the messages of this symbolic language gives us the opportunity to find the meaning of life, to fulfil our true destiny, to make full use of our potential. Learning about mythology, folk tales and customs can take us closer to the understanding of the symbolic language of dreams.
My modern-age ritual begins in the state of lucid dreaming. I use the capability of the unconscious to create snapshots related to a given topic or problem, and then consciously pick up on them. Interpreting these oneiric images alongside my dreams, with the help of a Jungian analyst, makes it possible to choose the ones that I feel are worth investigating and portraying either on their own or as a collection. I paint mainly with acrylics, incorporating text elements in different languages into my paintings as metaphors for the unconscious and as symbols of multiculturality and constant change which are important factors in my own life. The same way as these texts cannot be fully read or understood, the information from our unconscious cannot be completely retrieved.
On some of my paintings I apply figurative newspaper collage pieces emphasizing the actual meaning of the work. Layering, transparency, positive and negative space and distorted geometrical shapes are used to symbolize the depths of the unconscious. Works representing the struggle of humans and the oppressing forces of society are addressing the collective challenges of our moment in history.
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
2005 - Present, Managing Director and Interior Designer – ArcheMed Ltd, Hungary
2014 - 2018, Lecturer of Hungarian – Grantham College, UK
1998 - 2008, Architect/Project Architect – Intermanagement Iroda Ltd, Hungary
1997 - 1998, Architectural Technician – PRL Wood-House Ltd, Hungary
Awards and Scholarships
2018 - MMA (Hungarian Academy of Arts) special professional award, X. National Exhibition of Grotesque Fine and Applied Arts (Hungary)
2018 - NTU MA Mastered Exhibition marketing campaign MFA winner (UK)
2018 - ExperiMentor residency 'Orbit' programme (1 year), New Art Exchange (UK)
2017 - Lichfield Prize, finalist (UK)
2017 - NTU MA Mastered Exhibition marketing campaign MFA winner (UK)
2016 - NTU Postgraduate Scholarship (UK)
Recent Exhibitions and Other Presence
2018 - Rituals and Rites Exhibition, Artcore, Derby, UK
2018 - solo exhibition, MUZA Cultural Centre, Gödöllő, Hungary
2018 - KaposArt Exhibition, Art Nouveau Gallery, Tirgu Mures, Transylvania
2018 - Exhibition of the XIV. International Artist Residency, Törökbálint, Hungary
2018 - 'Melange de Fruits' MFA interim show, Primary, Nottingham, UK
2018 - X. National Exhibition of Grotesque Fine and Applied Arts, Kaposvar, Hungary
2018 - Aftermath, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
2018 - New Talent Exhibition, Focus Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2018 - Works published in Sheepshead Review, spring issue 2018 of UWGB, Wisconsin, USA
2018 - Solo Exhibition, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, UK
2018 - Works published and interview in Art Reveal Magazine no. 38, April 2018, p. 96-101, ISBN 9781388503475
2018 - eNRA Exhibition, MaJel Rovás Centre, Košice, Slovakia
2018 - Focus on Identity Exhibition, Piacere Gallery, London, UK
2018 - AP Exhibition, LVA Gallery, Sheraton Hotel, London, UK
2017 - Poly-Art Exhibition, Érd, Hungary
2017 - 'Dreams and Extremes' Exhibition, finalist, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, UK
2017 - 'Something Blue' Exhibition, online presence on Cultivate Gallery
2017 - Chester Art Centre Open Exhibition, Chester, UK
2017 - MFA winner for the Nottingham Trent University marketing campaign, 'MA show student image'
2017 - 'Threads' Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2017 - 'oneiroi' zine, Issue 3, publication
2017 - Mixed Exhibition, Carre Gallery, Sleaford, UK
2017 - 'Threads' Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2017 - 'Caught in the Whirl' featured in the AverageArt's Magazine February 2017 edition
2016 - Poly-Art Exhibition, Érd, Hungary
2016 - eNRA Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Mining Museum, Rozsnyó, Slovakia
2016 - 'Mustra' Exhibition, Community Centre, Érd, Hungary
2016 - ROVAS Exhibition, MKE Artists’ Residency, Tihany, Hungary
2016 - eNRA Exhibition, Vermes Villa Contemporary Hungarian Art Gallery, Slovakia
2015 - ROVAS Exhibition, Community Centre, Jablonca, Slovakia
2014 - eNRA Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Mining museum, Rozsnyó, Slovakia
2014 - ROVAS Exhibition, MKE Artists’ Residency, Tihany, Hungary
2014 - International Friendship Group Exhibition, Grantham Town Hall, UK
2014 - Radio Report in RadioQ 'Teremőr/Museum Guard' Art Show, reporter: Gábor Szerényi
2018 - XIV. International Artist Residency, Törökbálint, Hungary
2018 - International Artist Residency, Barcs, Hungary
2018 - ExperiMentor residency 'Orbit' programme, New Art Exchange, UK
2017 - ROVÁS Residency, Tihany, Hungary
2016 - ROVÁS Residency, Tihany, Hungary
2015 - ROVÁS Residency, Jablonca, Slovakia
2014 - ROVÁS Residency, Tihany, Hungary
2014 - 'Napút' Art Academy of Anthroposophy, Kapolcs, Hungary
In 2017 I became a fellow artist of the ‘Focus on Identity’ international art project, FOI is an artists' collective formed in 2017 to encourage collaboration between artists from diverse backgrounds and countries of origin. We explore themes of Identity, Sense of Place and Belonging. (www.focusonidentity.org) Blog contribution: Purple Reflection
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:
Links to video and sound pieces:
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