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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!
As The rhythm of life gets crowded it is innevitable nature has a way of renewing its self. This artwork shows how the currents of clear clean water cleanses the spirit to nurture new growth. The fallen gum leaves float into the abyss of nature to become the body of fertilisation for new growth of seedlings on the river side down stream.
Touch is the first sense we acquire, its immediacy travels with us through life, and for some becoming increasingly important at the end of life.
Palliative Care nurses reinforce this understanding with what they see each day…
“Some people want to continue lying with their partner of 50 years, and not just hold hands through a bedrail”
“Children want to sleep next to their parents”
When a public health institution buys a double bed it steps a little closer to the community it serves.
“Some just need to hold their partner after they have died”
Last year my uncle became suddenly ill, and after procedures and tests his state worsened due to infection. As a result, he had to have both legs removed from above the knee down. After this operation, he never regained consciousness again. The events that followed my uncle’s death had life altering changes and sacrifices for my grandmother, my mother and myself, being the three closest people to him. This tragedy is a daily reminder for me that life can change in an instant and every moment spent with loved ones is precious and all the more fleeting.
My mother has a rare and aggressive degenerative brain disease. As I prepare for her death I reflect on her life; the woman she was and the woman she has become. She has lost so much of herself yet she harbours still a drive to keep moving, reminiscent of the strong and active figure of my youth. Now, unable to communicate for the most part, she compulsively patrols the corridors of her aged-care facility in an endless loop. In my mind she is two people, both are familiar but neither are reachable.
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.
Whilst walking through a Gorge in the Kimberley, the image that presented itself, felt so much like a metaphor for life. The mryiad of problems that continuosly envelop humanity, yet there is this strong pull, keeping us going forwards, towards whatever is ahead.