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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!
Leap of Faith
By Gerlinde Thomas
My work ‘Leap of Faith’ represents what I imagine the relief from pain death brings to a sufferer. No more denial, anger or bargaining; she has accepted and transitioned to the afterlife.
She has arisen as a vibrant spirit who is no longer imprisoned in pain. She is strong and vibrant and free to spread her wings and fly to her next level of existence.
Under the Cedar Limbs
By Bronwyn Ward
This work is a musing on the poem "Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird" by Walter Stevens. It moves from right to left, with each blackbird experiencing a different point in the acceptance of dying. Some are looking back in reflection, others are angry, one wants to run away. The final one on the left looks defiantly ahead, at peace and ready for what awaits after death. This work flows from my many years experience working in palliative care with both patients and families as a Complementart Therapist.
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.
Shared moments of connection remain living. Like tea which was once in amongst life bearing plantations. This tea sustains its fragrance. Its warmth and comfort create a vehicle for community in times of grieving and reflection.
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.
Her Cup Runneth Dry
By Jolon Larter
Half empty? Or half full?