Artist Spotlight: Sophia Passin

Sophia Passin is a senior English major and fine arts minor from Oceanside, Calif. She is co-editor of USF’s literary journal, The Ignatian. This week, the Foghorn sat down with Passin to talk about her popsicle stick inspirations, the reality of her post-grad plans and her contributions to The Ignatian.


Kate Sagara: What kind of art do you do?

Sophia Passin: I really like working with ink and gouache and sculpture. I also write. My definition of art has changed over the years, so it’s not a strict thing for me anymore.


KS: When did you become interested in art?

SP: My mom’s an artist so there were always crafts around my house. So I was always doing something with art. I remember I would spend hours making houses out of popsicle sticks and hot glue. It was always something that was like, “Okay, I’m bored, so I’m going to make something out of something.”



KS: How would you describe your style?

SP: Right now, it’s very dreamy and fantastical, but I have a feeling that’s going to change as I acquire more skills and go through life.


KS: What are some of your inspirations?

SP: Anything having to do with nature, and people I meet. I feel like you can find inspiration in anything. And ultimately art is catharsis, so it’s whatever’s on my mind at that time — you can clearly see it in my art, even if I’m not trying to convey that.


KS: What do you hope to do after graduation?

SP: To be honest, I just want to live. I don’t know what I want to do. And I think that’s something that’s hard for people to admit. I’m just open to whatever comes. Ideally publishing or something like that, but I just want to create art. But I don’t know what field I want to do that in.



KS: Is there anything else you want people to know about you?

SP: I’m the [co-]editor of The Ignatian. And I’ve really found you can find art in many things, especially with taking other people’s art and creating it into one big piece of art. That’s what you do with The Ignatian — you’re creating a home for all of this.


You can follow Sophia on Instagram or visit The Ignatian’s website at to join, check it out, or submit your fiction, nonfiction, poetry or art.


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