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Art Competition Gallery
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.
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!
Darkness and Light
By Paulina van der Linden
I had the privilege of spending the night at hospital with my mother one night before she died. She had been in a coma for two months, ravaged by a viral infection slowly destroying her brain. Her strong body fought so very hard to live. On that night I brought in my paper lantern lights to create a softer environment. It was a strange night, whenever I looked at her I found her staring intensely at me. I felt so close to her and can only hope I brought her some comfort.
Behold this Traveller
By Anna Koorey
Death holds a fascination for me it's our last great adventure and nothing that happens between the moment we are born and the moment we die is relevant. Often I've heard about the warm unearthly glow that surrounds those about to die. I have tried to capture this brief and fleeting moment in my photo.
By Jewels Smith
Life and death coexist with earth
Her Cup Runneth Dry
By Jolon Larter
Half empty? Or half full?
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
By Anzara Clark
Tragically, six babies are stillborn in Australia every day. For these babies and their families the christening and the funeral are one. Death prevails on the threshold of life. Their lives and memories never emerge from the bodies of their mothers. Christening Shroud, hand embroidered on delicate Japanese papers, is a traditional christening gown that incorporates adaptations for dressing the dead. The welcome is also the farewell. This is the story of my second grandson Cody, and so many others. Unable to live in the world, these babies live eternally in the hearts of those who love and grieve them.