Szilvia Ponyiczki Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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We all dream. Dreams are our mind’s unconscious messages - related to whatever occupies the most our mind during the day. Dreams can provide specific solutions to current dilemmas. I dream paintings, I paint dreams. My work examines the representation of nocturnal dreams, focusing on those which appear in the hypnagogic phase. I investigate the potential of lucid dreaming in the creation process.

Interrogations about the self, the personal and collective unconscious and the representation of dreams are at the core of my work. I paint mainly with acrylics, incorporating text elements on different languages into my paintings as a symbol of multiculturality and constant change. The fragmented texts are a metaphor for the unconscious as well. The same way as these texts cannot be fully read or understood; the information from our unconscious cannot be completely retrieved.

After a long incubation period, feeling of being lost, I started to concentrate on my unconscious. Firstly I just mapped my reactions, feelings and behaviour, searching for those childhood events that shaped me who I am now. Later, I turned to my dreams, which I believe can lead us to understand ourselves if analysed sensitively and attentively. I think that to live a happy and satisfying life, one have to believe in their own importance and in a meaningful existence. We have to notice and respect the uniqueness and value of every human being. To achieve these, having a clear sense of one’s own identity and individuality is the key.

I create figurative surrealistic work.

My research on dreams led me to the conviction that depicting my own dreams, partially modified by waking reasoning, could help others to find a way to their own self, realising their own identity, finding a meaning of life.

I prefer to portray at least part of a human body in my paintings, believing that it helps the viewers putting themselves into the depicted situation. The feelings provoked can take the audience to scrutinize their own struggles, to look into themselves.

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Shreds of thoughts

Medium: acrylic on canvas
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Adventures of Perception I.

Medium: acrylic on metal sheet

Adventures in Perception I. (part of a series) Interrogations about the unconscious and the representation of dreams are at the core of my work. The painting is an optical illusion, where the figures of horses are interwoven with the trees around them. This creates interesting phenomena; it is not always clear whether a horse stands in front of another or behind it. This physically not possible positioning adds to the surreal effect of the picture.

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Adventures of Perception II.

Medium: acrylic on metal sheet

Adventures in Perception II. (part of a series) Interrogations about the unconscious and the representation of dreams are at the core of my work. The painting is an optical illusion, where the figures of horses are interwoven with the trees around them. This creates interesting phenomena; it is not always clear whether a horse stands in front of another or behind it. This physically not possible positioning adds to the surreal effect of the picture.

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Caught in the Whirl (Deconstruction of th Self II.)

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Our age is an epoch of an overwhelming media control, in which we are sensing the world around us through real and unreal news. Being unable to communicate our own opinion; unable to make it count. Being caught up in the circulation of life, which is a whirlpool that pulls us down if we let it happen. Let problems become challenges, which can become your opportunities. "Live your life with no regrets: let your vision guide you and your passion lead the way." - Nguyen Van Tho. (acrylic painting and pitt pastel on canvas, which is fully covered in newspaper articles in multiple languages)

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Mind Cage (Deconstruction of th Self I.)

Medium: acrylic on metal sheet

Believe that you are able to turn problems into challenges, which therefore can become opportunities. Do not suffer brainwashed in the media-cage. Believe that you possess the power of mental perception; you have consciousness. Believe that you are able to empower yourself and set your mind free.

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Lost Head (Deconstruction of the Self III.)

Medium: acrylic on canvas

This painting, as well as most pieces I have created during the past couple of years, is based on my own dreams. I have loads of dream sketches but the ones I turn into a painting are the ones that depict the struggles of the self, which is trying to find its way in life, looking for its real identity.

I prefer to portray at least part of a human body in my paintings, believing that it helps the viewers putting themselves into the depicted situation. The feelings provoked can take the audience to scrutinize their own struggles, to look into themselves.

Being a non-native British, incorporating multiculturality related elements in my work is an important part. We are shifting to a more global world, and our societies mirror that. Feeling isolated in our increasingly complex urban spaces is an issue for many of us. I aim to respond to this situation by using newspaper texts on several languages, as an integral part of my paintings. Furthermore, these partially readable and understandable text elements can be related to the ways of the unconscious as well. Therefore it well represents my way of thinking as a whole.

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Dilemma (Deconstruction of the Self IV.)

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Depicting a struggle of a spiritual journey to expand our conditioned and limited existence, by crossing our boundaries and comfort zones.

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Hypnagogyc Creature

Medium: acrylic on canvas

The painting ‘Hypnagogic Creature’ and the sculpture ‘Breaking Down’ were inspired by a powerful dream; both portraying a walking carcass of a dog-like creature. I believe that our unconscious has important messages for us that 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. This is how a creature like this managed to look rather sweet and sad, instead of being dreadful and scary. The poem fragment depicted on the painting illustrates that dreams can only be partially evoked. There is a 1 minute sound piece that complements the painting; in which the poem mentioned above is declaimed by a child, symbolizing the major effect of childhood on our unconscious behaviour. The poem is fragmented the same way as on the painting; and merged with and adult’s voice reciting the original version of the poem in Hungarian, with the Hungarian Rhapsody as background music.

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