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Art Competition Gallery 2016
Welcome to the Life in Death gallery! These artworks were entered in Palliative Care Australia’s art competition earlier in 2016. Hover over an artwork to learn more about it.
We received 82 entries, of which, 34 were chosen to exhibit at an art gallery in Canberra. Life in Death was a vibrant and creative exhibition that celebrated life as well as the role death plays in shaping it.
The winners are:
Overall winner – ‘Christening Shroud’ by Anzara Clark.
People’s Choice winner – ‘Ashkeeper’ by Ashley Fiona.
Palliative Care ACT winner – ‘Flight’ by Barbara van der Linden.
Thank you to all the entrants and those who attended the exhibition!
By Marie Kyle @wedreaminpictures
‘Love Frequency’ was created in response to my mother’s death; 6 months after being diagnosed with melanoma of the lungs and brain she passed away. Unsure how to process the intensity of my loss, I naturally turned to my easel. I had intended to paint her portrait but what emerged was an image that portrayed both the spirit of the woman I love and the sadness we shared knowing she was dying. My painting was an attempt to connect with her once more, forgetting we are eternally connected; in life and in death.
By Sophie Kirstine
She got sick before Christmas, right around the time the Christmas beetles would have been starting their metamorphosis deep below the ground. The beetles started to emerge, her birthday passed, Christmas passed, then so did she. After that, the beetles just disappeared. Every year, the luminous beady-eyed creatures will emerge from the earth around the same time, and disappear as quietly as they came, a reminder that the cycle of life will continue as usual, even if you feel as though you can't bear it, without their laugh, their smile.
Communicant: the Mother
By Ella Whateley
In life's darkest periods, (although not a Catholic), I have taken comfort in the stories of interceding Saints and in the possibility of petitioning their help through prayer. Wanting to paint a contemporary icon to accompany the viewer has led me to experiment with new materials such as interactive pigments reminiscent of gold leaf. This work, COMMUNICANT: THE MOTHER, draws the viewer deep into the heart of the painting, yet also responds to the surrounding, changing light. As the viewer moves and breathes in its company, so too the painting changes suggesting life and interaction; maybe she is not alone?
By Tracy Robinson
At the time of death life may seem unfinished. Palliative Care aims to respect life at all stages, accept death as a part of life and acknowledge the uniqueness of each element.
The Beauty in Destruction
By PJ Gilling
Following the destruction of Devils Gullet by raging bushfires caused by hundreds of lightning strikes, during the early months of 2016. The remnants of the landscape left behind and exposed beautiful colours, shapes and the promise of things to come in the effected forests around Tasmania.
She lost her Great Grandfather Christmas 2011. The colours represent family members and their bonds between the loved one. We stayed by my grandfathers side until the moment that he passed away.