ABC News: Artist finds inspiration in war propaganda for COVID-19 'Stay In' posters

"I understand that people are restless, and that it is really difficult to have everything closed and see the economy struggle. I totally get it," she said. "But other people's lives are on the line. And it is something that's really important to me that people take it seriously."

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The paintings evoke a sense of national duty and solidarity, deriving the patriotic hues from famous propaganda posters like the “Rosie The Riveter” or the “I want YOU for U.S. Army” poster, which the latter helped recruit legions of young men to fight in both World Wars.

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“Instead of becoming a slave to the economy, I
decided to do this for a living. We only have one life, and I want to do what I love.”

Art takes time, patience, emotion, solitude, and silence — all of which Bueltel has and reinvests into her work. She invited me to her studio in Chicago last year where I was first exposed to her world.

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Sylvia Bueltel's piece called "Surprise!" examines the subject of death. Bueltel, 20, said she wanted to depict her own perspective of it.

"It's sort of my interpretation of how I've dealt with deaths of family members in my life and how although we may understand that death is inevitable, we all pass on eventually," the drawing and painting major said. "But every single time that it does come, it's always a big surprise to everyone and it hits you hard."

©2018 by Sylvia Bueltel.