Bellevue Arts Museum presents an exhibition Object Permanence connecting science and art and featuring two artists Timea Tihanyi and Sylwia Tur. The exhibition runs till May 29, 2022. Update: the discussion about the exhibition with both artists, scheduled in April, has been moved to May 8 at 3 pm; instead, on April 9 at 2 pm, Sylwia Tur will give private tour of her exhibition.
Object Permanence is a space for dialogue and collaboration between two artists, a convergence and divergence of personal histories, artistic imaginations, and creative methodologies. Timea Tihanyi and Sylwia Tur are two Seattle-based ceramic artists whose background is deeply rooted in science: cognitive science and linguistics, respectively. Each artist also experienced uprooting from her native country as an adult—Tihanyi from Hungary and Tur from Poland. Together their work strives to establish connections between scientific and artistic practices.
Sylwia Tur was born and raised in Poland. She received MA and BA degrees in Linguistics from the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by post-Baccalaureate studies in Studio Art (Ceramics) also at the UW. Tur is interested in language, architecture, and design, distilled to their basic components of organization, grid, proportion, and reduction. Modernism, minimalism, and brutalist architecture, growing up in communist Poland, seeing the rise of solidarity and observing the country undergoing political, social, and economic changes, have all shaped her perception and aesthetics. Sylwia’s work has been exhibited locally at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, Foster/White, Gallery4Culture, Museum of Northwest Art, Francine Seders Gallery, Monarch Contemporary, and CoCA. She is a recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from 4Culture, Artist Trust GAP Grant, and the Regional Exhibition Award from the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Her artwork is in private and public collections around the world. In addition to her art practice, she works as a linguist, a field from which she continues to draw inspiration.