From rural village home to art exhibition

2017-11-14 06:00
PHOTO: kalisha naickerNomsa Ngidi’s artwork is on exhibit at the Trailing the Trappists exhibition.

PHOTO: kalisha naickerNomsa Ngidi’s artwork is on exhibit at the Trailing the Trappists exhibition.

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FOR Nomsa Ngidi who lives in a rural village deep in the Valley of 1000 Hills, spending money on art supplies and courses was a luxury.

Ngidi’s mother was a single parent and worked as a domestic helper and she often lived with her granny.

Ngidi worked hard and wanted to be a nurse one day.

However, in 2004 Ngidi began working in an art gallery and was surrounded by colour and art.

“I was inspired looking at paintings, which were mostly landscapes, and fell in love with art. I never saw myself as an artist until I saw an artist paint.

“I then thought ‘no, why shouldn’t I learn’. That’s when I started to collect cardboard and bought paints and some brushes and started to teach myself until I got sponsor,” she said.

“I love the colours and joy art brings me. It is a form of self-expression and a way that one can almost relate with the world.

“All things material can be creatively transformed into a personal piece of artistic interpretation. That creativity is not a measure of skill, it is a passion.”

“Always follow your passion,” she tells budding artists.

“We can do anything we want if we only put our mind to it. Art can open up one’s world to a new and colourful horizon.”

To view some of her work, visit the Trailing the Trappists Art Exhibition at St Anne’s Hall in Marianhill until November 13.

For more information, visit the Facebook page, Trailing the Trappists.

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