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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!
She lost her Great Grandfather Christmas 2011. The colours represent family members and their bonds between the loved one. We stayed by my grandfathers side until the moment that he passed away.
Life and Death Selfie
By Lisa Humphries
It was taken during the final few days of my precious Nana's life. We knew that she was palliative, she was so calm and accepting that this was her time. My toddler and I spent as much time with her as we could, her beloved great grand son was one of her favourite people. The selfie has become such a symbol of our times, and it is often given a bad name. This selfie is my most treasured. I see 3 generations, and life and death.
Him and the blue wrens
By Amy Rowland
He’s going to die. Silence. Life stands still. But it doesn’t wait. He smiles. He is strong. Meetings gather regularly in his room. He notices the blue wrens dancing at his window. We reconnect with distant memories. He is weak. The wrens still light up his eyes like beams of sunshine. It’s my greatest memory of him. Him and the blue wrens, they were the life we found in death. The Superb Fairy-wrens were found frolicking the bushes around Clare Holland House throughout my Opa’s time there.
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.
By Margaret Ambridge
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”
By Maria Klingner
New growth, budding blossoms and robust foliage will ultimately wither and fade. In death, as in life, there is beauty. The broken bond was restored after a 35 year separation. We celebrated our lives, strength and resilience together with the knowledge of his imminent death. Fragile, weak and vulnerable, we watched him fade. We cried - our hearts ached for what was now gone. Nonetheless we rejoiced for what we had gained by experiencing his unconditional love. United, we celebrated the joy of his life in his death. 2016 - Dimensions variable - Sterling Silver, Bronze, Copper