Young artist Hannah Somasundaram loves nature and this is reflected in her paintings, which will be exhibited at the Lionel Wendt gallery on October 1 and 2.
The proceeds of her exhibition will go to the Nuffield School for the Deaf and Blind at Kaithady, Jaffna. The school which houses 150 visually challenged and hearing impaired children, is also home and refuge to 80 children of war.
Sixteen-year-old Hannah recently visited the school and saw and heard firsthand the horrors the children had endured. Many are maimed for life, by blast injuries and landmines that have robbed them of limbs, eye-sight or hearing. Some have massive burn injuries and permanent scars caused by shrapnel.
The post traumatic mental traumas they suffer still remain largely undiagnosed and untreated.
Hannah knew she had to help and her way to help these children was going to be through her most precious gift-art. During her formative years in school one of her primary teachers in England discovered her ability and encouraged her to draw. Hannah developed into a talented artist under the tutelage of well-known teacher Latiffa Ismail.
Having exhibited twice at the Lionel Wendt, this will be Hannah’s first solo exhibition. The exhibition titled ‘art beat’ is also a celebration of children’s day which falls on October 1.