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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!
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 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 Evelina Cardone
Just after attending the unexpected death process from a dearest one, I painted this picture. I was intrigued and frightened the idea that someone might die and then decide to live after a long resuscitates. I have inspired in search the meaning of life on death; the Greek gave me a clue to start my research in the ancient mythology, the symbolic death of Dionysus comes to life a tree, the pomegranate. First as a symbol of life and sacrifice, secondly as a symbol of fertility and, third as life – death – resuscitation. Red remembers blood, a sea as infinity.
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 Alli Kristiansen
Through my own struggle with chronic long-term illness, I have come to terms with my own 'darkness' or parts of myself that remained unacknowledged. Through this transformative journey of acceptance of my illness, I have come to embrace more fully, the gifts inside the 'death' of not ever living the full life of my dreams. Instead I have embraced both the light (life) in myself and the (dark) death, struggle and pain of living with long-term illness, which together create a beautiful, inspiring contrast with so many learnings and gifts for myself and others.
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.