My name, Chuma Somdaka, means ‘dirty blossom’ in isiXhosa. I’m an artist, a 31 year old South African woman from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. I’m disabled, from an amputation above the knee, and at the moment I am homeless. I sleep in the Company Garden in Cape Town, where I also do most of my drawing and sketching. I see all different kinds of people there.
I have a passion for visual arts and design, and would some day like to be able to study for a degree in the field. Today, I am only thankful that I’m able, through drawing and painting, to have money to use towards my needs. You can find me sitting on the Government Avenue with my art displayed.
The Cape Town Public Library also has some of my pictures displayed on their board. I love the library, and spend a lot of time there during the days, where I either read or sketch. I dream of success, and of having my art exhibited in one of the Cape Town galleries.
Visual art is a gift I’ve come to learn more about, as I draw and sketch portraits of street people who are happy and willing to have me sketch and exhibit them for sale in the gardens. It helps me clear the bad energy around me and centre myself. It also enables me to have self control in my day to day lifestyle, by allowing me to create something out of nothing. Seeing my art bring joy or insight to an indivdual is priceless and gives me joy.