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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!
The feelings people experience after the death of a loved one can be described as a spectrum.
There is a wide range of emotions: sadness, grief, anxiety and emptiness because you have lost someone important to you and you are learning to navigate through life without them; but there is also happiness, reflection and celebration of a beautiful life, love and all the memories you have shared.
My mothers's gift
By Margaret Ambridge
It seems a terrible thing to cut your own mother’s hair off. I struggle with images of women, bald, accused of sleeping with the enemy, having their hair cut off, of punishment, prostitution. Punishment for having cancer, punishment for chasing a cure… But as my mother said to me “there are some things in life Margaret where you have no choice…feel the lump Margaret, so you know what it feels like, just in case”.
She would be comforted to know that nature has reclaimed her just like it has reclaimed this little sparrow. New life will eventually emerge from what has been left behind and remind us that our transience is not meant to be feared, but accepted, for even though our lives are fleeting with the passing of time, the earth will never forget. Rest in peace Grandma. We will never forget you.
Draco is the name of the constellation of the dragon which circumnavigates the pole star where, in accordance with ancient mythology, newly dead kings travel to attain immortality. This constellation is associated with immortality because its stars, being circumpolar, never set and can therefore be seen in the heavens all year round. Symbolically the ouroboros is a dragon or serpent swallowing its own tail and usually describes a never ending circle symbolising eternity, rebirth and resurrection.
Draco is a permanent public sculpture at Inveresk Cultural Precinct, supported by Palliative Care Tasmania in 2016
By Abby Davis
Our shadows achingly reach out to sea to join the surfers in their "paddle-out" as they farewell their friend, my son, Robbie. They took bunches of brightly colored flowers to release inside the sacred circle of their floating memorial. One lone orange flower got left behind. It stands out luminously on the sand like Robbie did in his short life. As the incoming tide washes away the flower and the setting sun stretches our shadows towards eternity, we are reminded of the transient nature of life, the certainty of death and the connecting foreverness of our love.
Mosaic of Life
By Reg Toovey
The painting depicts the journey of life through a series of figures painted into the mosiac.