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Art Competition Gallery 2017
Welcome to the Life in Death gallery! These artworks were entered in Palliative Care Australia’s art competition earlier in 2017. Hover over an artwork to learn more about it.
Thank you to all the entrants and those who attended the exhibition!
'Bonds' was created as a reflection on working in age care (low and high care). The strings, knots and ties the small macrame was made of, highlights the many connections that are important to the physical, emotional and psychological welfare of the individuals. The enlarged shadow is an exstension of those connections, but the shadow also indicates the larger network and encounters associated with caring that are often indirect or forgotten.
A story of acceptance and love
By Maria Cofinas
An intuitive painting about connection with many layers representing the beauty and natural progress of life and love, from birth, living in harmony, growth and transformation. The natural Australian earth tones, symbols and flow within the painting tell a story that is spiritual and personal and yet universal. The painting embodies my feelings, it speaks of places known and unknown, it speaks of comfort and peace with all living on this planet and their connection to the soul and spirit of Earth. As a planet our best hope of survival is to live in community and with love.
It is wonderful to live in our society which has systems in place to support our journey from sickness to health. THE CALL is made to health professionals for diagnosis, hospital treatments and hopefully recovery. Sadly recovery may not be lasting or possible and we die. THE CALL is then made to the funeral industry. Without this vital connection to the practical, emotional and spiritual support of the community our needs would go unmet and our suffering compounded. THE CALL to connect with the community makes all the difference.
The Nature of Things
By Karen Golland
I began making pom-poms after my partner was diagnosed with cancer. The joy of making something quickly focused my attention and momentarily relieved my fears. As his illness progressed I invited others to make pom-poms. Craft became a way for people to spend time with us, in our home. The repetition was comforting and people opened up. Having something to do with our hands shifted the focus from words, making human connection easier. After Steve died communal crafting became a way for me to connect with other people’s experience of death. This accumulation became ‘The Nature of Things.'
Pink Callistemon is an artwork that I drew for my dying mother whilst she was in Pallative care. The artwork is reflective of the laughter, joy and abundance of relationship that mum and I shared together. Native flowers are my mothers favourite flora as they are hardy, beautiful, easily accessible and can be grown within most communities around Australia. The callistemon variety colour range is representative of the diverse communities which are throughout Australia. Native plants can connect our communities on a small scale though conversation commonalities. Pink Callistemon meaning; flowers are a soul in full flight and blossom.
The water of life: sun, sea and ripples
By Jo W
Humans are intricately connected to one another. We cannot help but be. Effects ripple out like waves upon the surface of the water. We may have a sense of community as the spiritual nectar of life, yet we still feel alone. What if instead of watching the beauty and interconnectedness of community as if from behind a lens, we chose to get our feet wet, just jumping in. Of course, it is only when we choose to do so, we discover we have the power to bring change into that reality and they and us will never be the same.