We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Monday, 3 September 2012

"In Remembrance of Dead Lions"

The Masai are famous the world over for their exotic dress, beaded adornment and for their traditional way of life. There is, however, a negative side to this. Traditionally pastoralists, the Masai own huge numbers of domestic amimals. The human/wildlife conflict has become an increasing problem in Kenya as both fight for precious grazing. Recently, on the outskirts of Nairobi, six lions were killed by Masai in retaliation for the killing, by the lions, of a few of their animals. There are estimated to be only 2,000 lions left in Kenya and they are in danger of becoming extinct in the near future.

I wanted to convey my sadness over this senseless slaughter of these majestic animals. Instead of using bright Masai beads I painted the traditional necklaces. The painted back ground represents the blood shed. Spears were the weapons used to kill the lions. The photograph of one of the dead lions was sourced from a local newspaper and printed onto fabric. The Tartan fabric is traditionally used by the Masai.



  1. Well done Gretchen. A really lovely piece with an important comment. I always remember someone years ago making a comment to me about the Masia 'they're so peaceful though - aren't they?' !!!

  2. A vibrant piece Gretchen- with such a poignant story .......
    I liked the way you linked the necklaces with tartan.

  3. great piece, it is delightfully creative, and I love the story.

  4. Beautiful piece....beautiful and sad. Thanks for honoring such wonderful creatures.

  5. What a beautiful piece! I love the rich colours. But what a sad story...

  6. You have put a lot of meaning into this piece and the whole design comes together very well. Didn't know the Masai used tartan.