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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
Spirit of Australia
By Judy Banks
Our history and ancestors are a major connection to our community. If we understand where we come from and how we got here, we have an identity which helps us communicate with each other in a more empathetic way. Our lives will have more meaning and we have a better chance of feeling that we belong.
In today's busy world of living in the "now", we don't allow ourselves to remember where and who we came from. We can feel isolated and alone. By discovering our ancestors, we can claim a connection with our community.
Don't Panic, Don't Attack
By Baaqiy Ghazali
Predation is the theme for my solo exhibition this year that comment of human predatory behaviors through big cats actions. This piece specifically talks about the state of panic caused by unfounded fear. This is portrayed through the goldfishes swimming to the top of the bowl, 'escaping’ the perceived danger, symbolized through the tigers that are actually patterns on the tabletop. I wanted to comment on attacks towards civilians all around the world based on prejudice and misinformation especially police brutality on African American community, attacks on innocent Muslims, and recent bombing and stabbing by terrorist in the U.K.
This is a abstract painting , it is a reflective piece to remember the people lost and loved who have passed or living through the deadly disease Aids through the G,L,B,T,I,Q,A community in Australia .
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.
A light touch
By Kerrie Marriott Anderson
Living with a terminal illness and grief can feel like living in a bubble. Removed from the world’s colour of activity. An invisible barrier that can offer protection but can also keep emotion, conversation, support and even love from being shared. Offering a hand. Connecting through touch. Just holding hands, be it clinging tightly by finger tips or gently held can provide support and care with a wrapping of light, colour and warmth. A connection to community. Arms are positioned to show either is able to support the other and folds of the dress represent the wrinkles of life.
Memorial Wall Shrine
By Carl Milton
Dying is the ultimate solitary affair. No one else can do it for you. The human
connections made during a life journey provide meaning and substance, but essentially one travels on alone.
The wall shrine I have created with its recessed space is symbolic of the absence felt by a community of friends, family and significant others when one has departed this human form. The shell represents the eternal inner essence when the wave of life has broken on the shoreline.
Memorials are places where individuals and communities can reflect, be united in grief or celebrate a life well lived.