Biography
Szilvia Ponyiczki

Artistic Approach

"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."

Kosztolányi - Daybreak drunkenness


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 depicting human struggle and the oppressive forces of society address the collective challenges of our moment in history.


I believe that art can be a catalyst for individual and cultural transformation, enhance human potential and promote the individual and common good.





Curriculum Vitae

Education


MFA (Fine Art) - Nottingham Trent University, UK. 2016 - 2020

Mixed Media Studies -“Napút” Open University of Art, Budapest, Hungary. 2000 - 2002

Etching  -”Nagyvarad Square” Art School, Budapest, Hungary. 1999 - 2001

Aquarelle Painting - Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. 1997 - 1998


L3 Award in Education and Training - Grantham College, UK. 2014 - 2015

MBA, Human Management - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary. 2004 - 2008

MSc (Arch) - Budapest University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Hungary. 1992 - 1997



Recent Exhibitions and Other Presence


2020

Re-imagining the Nolan Principles in Public Life project, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleafod

Re-imagining the Nolan Principles in Public Life project, BT Centre London

Winter Exhibition, Gallery of Erd, Hungary

Re-imagining the Nolan Principles in Public Life project, The Lightbox, Barnsley


2019

Re-imagining the Nolan principles in public life project, Birmingham

Human Condition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

KaposArt Exhibition, Oradea, Transylvania

Dimensions, Reök Palace, Szeged, Hungary

International Art Prize, Palazzo Birago, Torino, Italy

Uncharted Territory, exhibition about Brexit and Migration, Cambridge, UK

Respect for the Paper, Törökbálint, Hungary

Winter Exhibition, Gallery of Erd, Hungary

Rituals and Rites Exhibition, Artcore, Derby, UK


2018

solo exhibition, MUZA Cultural Centre, Gödöllő, Hungary

KaposArt Exhibition, Art Nouveau Gallery, Tirgu Mures, Transylvania

Exhibition of the XIV. International Artist Residency, Törökbálint, Hungary

'Melange de Fruits' MFA interim show, Primary, Nottingham, UK

X. National Exhibition of Grotesque Fine and Applied Arts, Kaposvar, Hungary

Aftermath, Nottingham Contemporary, UK

New Talent Exhibition, Focus Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Solo Exhibition, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, UK

'Threads' Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London, UK

eNRA Exhibition, MaJel Rovás Centre, Košice, Slovakia

Focus on Identity Exhibition, Piacere Gallery, London, UK

AP Exhibition, LVA Gallery, Sheraton Hotel, London, UK


2017

Poly-Art Exhibition, Érd, Hungary

'Evocativo' Exhibition, Art Gallery 37, Torino, Italy

'Dreams and Extremes' Exhibition, finalist, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, UK

'Event One' Exhibition, Primary, Nottingham, UK

Chester Art Centre Open Exhibition, Chester, UK

MFA winner for the Nottingham Trent University marketing campaign, 'MA show student image'

'Threads' Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Mixed Exhibition, Carre Gallery, Sleaford, UK

'Threads' Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London, UK


2016

Poly-Art Exhibition, Érd, Hungary

eNRA Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Mining Museum, Rozsnyó, Slovakia

'Mustra' Exhibition, Community Centre, Érd, Hungary

RSMA Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

ROVAS Exhibition, MKE Artists’ Residency, Tihany, Hungary

eNRA Exhibition, Vermes Villa Contemporary Hungarian Art Gallery, Slovakia


2015

ROVAS Exhibition, Community Centre, Jablonca, Slovakia


2014

'Összhangban / In harmony' solo exhibition with Emőke László, Community Centre, Érd, Hungary

eNRA Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Mining museum, Rozsnyó, Slovakia

ROVAS Exhibition, MKE Artists’ Residency, Tihany, Hungary

International Friendship Group Exhibition, Grantham Town Hall, UK


Press / Media

'Entangled Encounters' gets on the list of favourite students' works in The Guardian - 2018

Aftermath Exhibition Guide - 2018

Works published in Sheepshead Review, spring issue 2018 of UWGB, Wisconsin, USA

Works published and interview in Art Reveal Magazine no. 38, April 2018, p. 96-101, ISBN 9781388503475 - 2018

Radio Report in Radio Bézs’s ‘Lila tinta/Purple Ink’ show, reporters: G. Szerényi, I. Frank, Hungary - 2017

'oneiroi' zine, Issue 3, publication - 2017

'Caught in the Whirl' featured in the AverageArt's Magazine February 2017 edition

Paintings operate as background images for the Hungarian TV Show, 'Sztárportré / Star Portraits' - from 2016 onwards

Radio Report in RadioQ 'Teremőr/Museum Guard' Art Show, reporter: Gábor Szerényi - 2014


Artist Residencies

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


Awards and Scholarships

2020 - Leicester Print Workshop Residency, lead artist: George Sfougaras

2020 - Grant from the Irene Fund, to take part in Alone and Together course (Champernowne Trust)

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)


Works in Collections:

Dead End - Törökbálint City's Contemporary Art Collection

Humility - KaposArt Private Collection, Hungary


Memberships

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


I am a member of the Artists' Pool (www.theartistspool.co.uk) and the National Association of Hungarian Artists (MAOE).


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



Links to video and sound pieces:

Re-imagining the Nolan principles in public life project

Hypnagogic Creature

Eye Tower

Mind Cage

Dreamscape in progress


Copyright @ Szilvia Ponyiczki 2016-2018