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Art Competition Gallery
Welcome to the Connection with Community gallery! Hover over an artwork to learn more about it.
Overall winner – Dying for a Cuppa by Karen Benjamin, QLD
People’s Choice winner – A light touch by Kerrie Marriott Anderson, VIC
Palliative Care Australia winner – Float by Shara Jenkins, NSW
The life and death club
By Sophie Rutherford
This artwork was inspired by a photo I saw in the news when a local man died playing football. It made me again see how we are united as a community by life events, none more so than death. When a loved one dies, you become a member of an unfortunate club that binds its members with an invisible, yet powerful thread. It creates a sense of togetherness and community no matter the circumstances. My mum died 3 years ago, it's tragedies like this that remind me and bind me, and while there's sadness, there is also love and understanding.
In His Own Words
By Sue needham
Graham was never more connected in a community than when he entered that incredibly caring medical specialty: Palliative Care.
While he could still talk, his story was recorded and presented to him in booklet form. My husband's entrapment in dying was highlighted. Yet he smiled. He felt embraced by many friends, nurses, carers and me. His numerous creeping symptoms were recognised as one: motor neurone disease.
However, despite tragedy, this special legacy remains.
His handwritten notes.
I've recreated them in a painting of memories.
These trail into the painting's lower right...his last days.
Graham's thoughts express readiness to die.
Tasha our dog was dying and we took her to a last walk on the beach. It connected us with many walking people asking about Tasha, why was she in a bag? and we talked about death and dying with many, it was very special...
Frangapani for Life
Frangapani for Life is reflective of my own feelings for my mother and my connection to the community I live within. Mum lived in the tropics for all of her life, the frangapani is representative of mums community roots. My mother had the strength to withstand tough challenges and we shared an intense love and a ever lasting bond as not just mother and daughter but best friends. Her spirit and immortality through my artwork will span multiple lifetimes. My artworks message is; Being delicate and beautiful doesn't mean you are weak or incapable of rising to meet a challenge.
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.
Care Beyond Cure
By Pam Thorne
This paper mache artwork represents connection with community, because it was chosen by, contributed to, is reflective of and continues in, uniting a community as they work to re-establish an innovative program for those with a diagnosed progressive life limiting illness AND their family carer. An interpretation of the Zibu symbol for Universal Love by D Z Almstedt, it aims to unite mankind through love and compassion. The three dashes represent body, mind and spirit – our psychosocial model of care. This logo was chosen by attendees at the pilot without knowing its true meaning. They assisted in its making.