Zebra

Zebra
Zebra

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“ZEBRA” is an original batik fabric painting by Christina Gray, resident of the Pelican State, Louisiana. Christina contracted polio at the age of two that left both her arms paralyzed. Christina now has the partial use of her right hand and arm from surgery. In the early nineties, Christina returned to University and obtained two Bachelor degrees and a Master’s in Fine Arts.
“ZEBRA” is an original batik fabric painting by Christina Gray, resident of the Pelican State, Louisiana. Christina contracted polio at the age of two that left both her arms paralyzed. Christina now has the partial use of her right hand and arm from surgery. In the early nineties, Christina returned to University and obtained two Bachelor degrees and a Master’s in Fine Arts.

This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Christina Gray for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

Christina Gray’s fiery design “Zebra” displays still another medium used by a Thasc artist: batik fabric painting. In this composition one gets lost in the beautiful maze of such a gracious animal while the bright red and yellow colors
accentuate the unique distinction the zebra has in the equestrian world. As humans have fingerprints, zebras have stripes whose pattern is unique to each zebra.

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Indonesia, especially the island of Java (where all of the materials are easily available including cotton, beeswax and vegetable dyes), is the area where batik has attained its greatest peak of development. Very often batik is decorated with trees, animals and hunting scenes typically using a bright red color, called chicken blood red.

The closeness of the animals in Christina’s design actually depicts the reality of the life of the zebra. They are highly social and usually form family groups made up of
a single stallion, several mares and their recent offspring. Groups are permanent and they sleep standing up, much like on her fabric design. They sleep only when other animals are around to warn them of predators, among which also include cheetahs, hyenas, crocodiles and humans. Christina’s use of the maze I believe shows that the vertical stripes of the zebra serve as a camouflage which helps the zebra hide in the grass and thus becomes effective against the zebra’s main predator, the carnivorous African lion, which is color blind, and sees only a blob in the grass if the zebra is with a herd.

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Family group of zebras

Until recently batik was made only for dresses and other garments, but modern batik is used in various items such as Christina’s batik fabric painting, wall hangings and scarves which have a lively, bright pattern. I’m sure if you dig into your bureau drawer or your closet, you’d be sure to find something like mine here:

Red batik scarf with floral pattern
Red batik scarf with floral pattern

As I continue to explore the work of our THASC artists I become more amazed and excited at the diversity and complexity of their talent. Christina Gray’s fabric painting has me yearning to run to my favorite fabric shop and have this design made into a great Fall dress!

See you on Thursday when we explore still another exhilarating THASC artist. Remember all of these greeting cards and calendars are available at www.thasc.com

Ciao!

-Maria

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.
www.thasc.com

4 thoughts on “Zebra

  1. Dana August 25, 2015 / 7:52 am

    Maria,

    My brother-in-law has polio,so I know how
    Tough it is not to be able to use your hands,
    He to can’t open his hands. Batic fabric, ls beautiful, an can be used in many paintings,and art designs. Her Zebra,painting
    Is really a work of art,l love lt. Zebras wonderful,and beauriful animals,to bad

    Like

  2. Dana August 25, 2015 / 7:57 am

    We don’t see zebras in RI. Well, it great courage, for christina to go back to school.
    You have to fight any illness or obstacle,that
    Comes your way, and it seems like shes a fighter. Like the song says l still got a little fight left in me. Keep up the good work,and
    Never give up. Keep on FIGHTING!!!!!!!

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  3. Scot Finck August 25, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Incredible work and great piece! Inspiring!

    Like

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