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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
"Palliative Care: Connecting with the Community."
By Pete Kreiner
My artwork is a negative-space image demonstrating the bonded connection between a dedicated palliative carer and the terminally ill, here depicted as an infant child.
The logo on the arm could be modified to carry the Palliative Care Australia logo.
Learning to float is something that looks easy but takes a lot of effort to learn how to let go and trust the support of the water. In the same way, learning to trust community support can take a lot of time and effort, and be very frustrating at times, but when you get it right, and learn to trust and accept that strength and support, oh what a difference it can make.
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.
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.
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.
Forever the fisherman
By Rachel Rizk
In good times, my father was a fisherman. A thin, nylon line tethering him to an army of anglers. Long summers spent among “the optimists” – as he called them – all waiting patiently to hook the big one.
In bad times, my father was a fisherman. His quest to catch the big one quashed by disease. With beer in hand, his fishing trips grew more reflective, as energy and will drained from him.
In death, my father swims with the fish. A smattering of dust, forever connecting him to the community of fishers.