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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 Carmel McCrow
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.
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.
We have an anchor that keeps the soul..
By Bill Mendes da Costa
For a friend who had a near death experience.As I thought about this and the events that invade all of our lives they can be like a Tsunami, overwhelming in force and power. It had to be in Black and White but with some colour, hope and life.Then the words of 2 songs came to mind, 'We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows blow' and ''There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in''The forces around seem black and overwhelming but there is always hope and life,
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.
Luminous Spirit Bird
By Mark Sladek
as the molecules of this life expand and disintegrate, the spirit in the form of a luminous spirit bird rises up and takes flight
The bedside dispensary
By Jacki Fewtrell-Gobert
This drawing depicts my mother's bedside table. I looked after her in her home until she passed away in 2015. Her medicines were always next to her bed as she had so much to take to keep her as well as possible. I've tried to create the manic scene of tablets, family photos and personal items she always kept so close. To me, "The bedside dispensary" is a sentimental reminder of my time spent with my mother, hoping that I made her final few years of life comfortable in her own environment.