Yellow Sunflowers, Blue Eyeballs: A scholar artist’s path | Arts & Culture

Yellow flowers droop over a yellow vase in just one of Vincent Van Goh’s well-known paintings. The authentic portray, element of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” series, hangs in the National Gallery in London. Sophie Barlow remembers viewing the museum on a household family vacation when she was young and looking at that portray. For her, that was the 1st time she identified that art is a “real thing” that folks fork out cash to go and see. 

“It doesn’t have to be just a pleasurable detail. It can be a thing that you shell out your everyday living undertaking,” Barlow explained. 

Barlow, an Art and Technology main in her 3rd 12 months at the University of Oregon, produces art that mainly centers all around a prevalent topic — things are not constantly what they appear to be. Just one of her pieces depicts an impression of someone’s head. The androgynous particular person is painted absolutely in shades of green and blue. Bubbles magnify areas of the facial area, introducing an eerie result as eyes group the picture. 


Sophie Barlow, a Junior, hopes to operate as an artist following graduating from the College of Oregon. Sophie Barlow is an Art & Technological know-how significant at the University of Oregon, who operates with painting and digital artwork. (Will Geschke/Emerald)

“I developed the graphic by initial drawing the individual with eyeballs crying a lot more eyeballs,” Barlow mentioned. “It was all for a electronic drawing class challenge about drawing destroyed drawings. This piece is the one I was conversing about when I identified for myself how getting a digital artist for school can intertwine with the bodily globe and my bodily artwork.” 

As an Artwork and Technology main, Barlow makes a great deal of artwork digitally, but she still tends to make time to sketch. Barlow described that she pretty much often has a sketchbook with her. Part of her schedule is repetition. She draws the similar point more than and about until she hits a “breakthrough.”

Barlow not too long ago commenced doing the job as an illustrator for Align Journal, a style and way of life magazine at UO. In the spring concern, Barlow published her to start with piece, an illustration for a created story titled, “Giving your self grace.” The tale is about psychological well being and inspiration for the duration of the pandemic. As the title suggests, the creator urges individuals to not come to feel responsible about how they are spending their time — productive or not. 

“There was a time in the pandemic wherever I was working with a whole lot of psychological wellbeing things, which I experience like a good deal of individuals ended up,” Barlow said. “Feeling unmotivated but also like I had to be inspired. If I was not undertaking art every working day, what was I carrying out? But acknowledging that I just need to have to do what feels right for me.”

The accompanying image Barlow generated appears to be down upon a girl who is lost in her thoughts. A colorful stream of images — bouquets, arms, mushrooms and doodles — flows from her head. Along with the created piece, the graphic signifies psychological health and the have to have to give by yourself grace. 

For Barlow, artwork has constantly been a variety of drugs. She struggles with both stress and anxiety and ADHD.

When she draws, Barlow is equipped to fail to remember about her worries and concentrate wholly on her art, forcing her to be tranquil and express her emotions on paper. She attempts to integrate creativity in the course of her each day lifetime.

“When I am drawing, at minimum in my sketchbook, it’s for me,” Barlow said. “It’s type of all above the position, it doesn’t have to make sense.”

As an artwork university student who is nearing graduation, Barlow expressed struggling with “imposter syndrome.” In other phrases, doubting her abilities and worrying about her future as an artist and the chance of creating a job in artwork. 

Above the previous couple of months, Barlow also started sharing her do the job via Instagram. She explained that more than the last phrase, she has begun to “feel extra concerned in the artwork group which can make me sense a minor far more self-assured in myself and wherever I’m at with my instruction.” 

Barlow plans on graduating in the spring of 2022. Alongside with a significant in Art and Engineering, she is also functioning toward an anthropology minimal and an schooling certification. She is not confident in which she will end up job-sensible, but has regarded as turning out to be an artwork trainer. She also enjoys animation and is seeking into an internship at Laika animation studios in Portland.