Approved: 12.11.2020

Szilvia Ponyiczki

Artist, Maker

Approved: 12.11.2020

The main aspect of my work is the exploration of the personal and the collective unconscious through art. I work with the principles of dream analysis. My aim is to incorporate the ways of the unconscious into my art processes; to build up a world parallel to the unconscious. I believe that this artistic method mirrors the individuation process, meaning that we all want to become more individual and at the same time more generally human. 

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Artist Statement

The main aspect of my work is the exploration of the personal and the collective unconscious through art. I work with the principles of dream analysis. My aim is to incorporate the ways of the unconscious into my art processes; to build up a world parallel to the unconscious. I believe that this artistic method mirrors the individuation process, meaning that we all want to become more individual and at the same time more generally human. 

The easiest and most obvious way into the world of the unconscious leads though our dreams. Therefore, first I started to depict dreamscapes but my works became visually overwhelming so I had to take back some of the visual information. At the same time I noticed, that I am more interested in what’s behind all this: the logic and structure, the unknown process, the way the unconscious generates imagery.  

This created an analogy between the way dreams and my artworks are being built up. 

With my latest works I was experimenting with what the materiality of the given medium can do to a core idea, paying attention to form, line, colour, texture and light.  

Because of the absence of figurative elements, an abstract painting requires different ways of processing, relying more on our emotions, our imagination, and our creativity, the creativity of the beholder. 

Working with dreams persuaded me that an artist can be an intermediary between the archetypal world and the collective consciousness. In ancient times dreams and visions were transferred into the collective consciousness through storytelling.  

I believe, that painting can also function as storytelling, and I am constantly looking for new ways of telling these stories, creating a connection between the real and unseen world. 

CV & Education

EDUCATION

2020 - MFA at Nottingham Trent University
1997 - MSch (Architecture) at Budapest University of Technology

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS: 
2020 - Leicester Print Workshop Residency, lead artist: George Sfougaras (UK) 
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, 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, Hungary 
‘Humility’ - KaposArt Private Collection, Hungary 

EXHIBITIONS: 

2020
Lost Stories, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Droplets, Hallsapce Drawing Project, Dorchester, USA 
Art-Flags Exhibition, Main Mall, Kaposvár, Hungary  
Kapos Art Group Show, Vaszary Gallery, Kaposvár, Hungary  
L.A.S. group show, Usher Gallery, Lincoln (cancelled, online version only) 
Re-imagining the Nolan Principles in Public Life project, NCCD, Sleaford (postponed) 
L.A.S. new members group show, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln (cancelled, online version only) 
Re-imagining the Nolan Principles in Public Life project, BT Centre London (cancelled) 
Re-imagining the Nolan Principles in Public Life project, The Lightbox, Barnsley (cancelled) 
Winter Exhibition, Gallery of Erd, Hungary 

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, Gödöllo, 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 
X. National Exhibition of Grotesque Fine and Applied Arts, Kaposvar, Hungary 
Aftermath Exhibition, Nottingham Contemporary, UK 
New Talent Exhibition, Focus Gallery, Nottingham, UK 
Solo Exhibition, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, UK 
'Threads' Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London 
Exhibition, LVA Gallery, Sheraton Hotel, London 
eNRA Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Mining Museum, Rozsnyó, Slovakia 
‘Evocativo’ Exhibition, Turin, Italy 
‘Dreams and Extremes’ Exhibition, finalist, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield 

PRESS / MEDIA: 
'Entangled Encounters' gets on the list of favourite students' works in The Guardian – 2018 (https://www.theguardian.com/education/gallery/2018/jul/13/students-end-of-year-artwork-2018-in-pictures ) 
Aftermath Exhibition Guide – 2018 (https://issuu.com/pankowcreatives/docs/aftermath-exhibition-guide/22 ) 
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 (https://issuu.com/artrevealmagazine/docs/38/96 ) 
Radio Report in Radio Bézs’s ‘Lila tinta/Purple Ink’ show, reporters: G. Szerényi, I. Frank, Hungary – 2017 (https://www.facebook.com/radiobezs/posts/1389231374531177 ) 
'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 (https://sztarportre.hu/ ) 
Radio Report in RadioQ 'Teremor/Museum Guard' Art Show, reporter: Gábor Szerényi  

ARTISTS’ RESIDENCIES: 
2021 – Champernown Trust Summer Course: An Arts and Soul Retreat for Connection, Reflection, Imagination and the Arts, Hothorpe Hall, UK (postponed) 
2020 - Leicester Print Workshop Residency, Leicester, UK (postponed) 
2018 - XIV. International Artist Residency, Törökbálint, Hungary 
2018 - International Art Residency, Barcs, Hungary 
2018 - ExperiMentor Residency 'Orbit' programme, New Art Exchange, UK 
2017 - ROVÁS, Tihany, Hungary 
2016 - ROVÁS, Tihany, Hungary 
2015 - ROVÁS, Jablonca, Slovakia 
2014 - ROVÁS, Tihany, Hungary 
2014 - Napút Art Academy of Anthroposophy, Kapolcs, Hungary.