We had a little chat with German-turned-Punekar Sina Sommer, who makes quirky, exciting street-art styled artwork in a city she now calls home.
What brought you to India?
I came to Pune on a six-month internship project in 2012. Those six months in India were special. I had some of the best moments of my life during that time. After the internship period, I extended my contract with the organisation and continued my work and stay in the country. I also met my boyfriend in this city.
I like to give subtle messages through a fun outlook. People can interpret my work in their own ways.
Why did you choose to live in Pune?
Pune is one of the best cities to live in India. It has the perfect blend of Indian and western sensibilities. I like living here as I get to lead a lifestyle which I am familiar with. The freedom I feel here is almost similar to what I feel in Germany.
Tell us about your art and how it all started?
I have always been inspired by street-art. I noticed that in India, street-art is not that prominent. I wondered if I could play a part in evolving this art form by showcasing my ideas on different concepts. I started developing my art in various forms. I project my work in multiple ways; from on a canvas to a little bookmark.
What are you trying to convey through your art? How has the response been?
I am not trying to make a big statements with my art. I like to give subtle messages through a fun outlook. People can interpret my work in their own ways.
The response to my work has been met with curiosity and quiet positive. However, I still have a long way to go when it comes to making money through my art. Right now it’s a pet project, which has shown encouraging results.
Do you have a favourite piece from your work?
Well, there is a series called ‘Me and My Monkey’ which is quite special to me; I have portrayed a monkey with a bottle of Old Monk rum. This series is dedicated to my early days in Pune when I met some young people whom I had shared some great times with.
Follow Sina’s work here.