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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 Caroline deeble
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.
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”.
Death No More Destroys Love Than My Fingers Become A Glove
By Stephanie Chambers
Love outlasts death and endures even when it is inevitable. In the painting, love and death are represented by lovebirds and a skull peering over them. They are made from the same organic matter. We all are. The full title is "Through Sleet and Snow, Where the Rain May Go. Death No More Destroys Love Than My Fingers Become A Glove' - 81x61 cm, acrylic on wood panel.
Reflect and Remember
By Carolyn Docking
This image shows a poignant moment in reflecting and remembering a loved one. The person is contemplating life and gazing at memories now encapsulated in stone engravings. It depicts a person that is at peace with visiting the grave but is allowing the solitude and private time to wash over them into an almost meditative state.
The day Gunnar died
By Lucia Petrucci
“What if it’s gonna eat me? And if it hurts? And if I won’t see my parents again?”
Gunnar was trembling, clutched in the hand of the massive creature with long and sharp teeth.
He could feel its breath, overwhelmed by the certainty of being mauled alive.
“No! No! No!” - he shouted, trying to break free from the grip of the voracious beast.
Who knows what was in there, in the darkest darkness ever.
That...That was the day Gunnar died from fear and discovered the world.
Death’s bleak shadow looms over us all, but we fight to cherish every moment. This weary angel has fallen from grace but now has wings to fly; in death, he has reached new heights and found a new sense of self. The coming of death delivers a new strength and sense of purpose, to push on into each new day.