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Art Competition Gallery 2016
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.
We received 82 entries, of which, 34 were chosen to exhibit at an art gallery in Canberra. Life in Death was a vibrant and creative exhibition that celebrated life as well as the role death plays in shaping 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!
She lost her Great Grandfather Christmas 2011. The colours represent family members and their bonds between the loved one. We stayed by my grandfathers side until the moment that he passed away.
Death No More Destroys Love Than My Fingers Become A Glove
By Stephanie Chambers
Love outlasts death and endures even when it is inevitable. In the painting, love and death are represented by lovebirds and a skull peering over them. They are made from the same organic matter. We all are. The full title is "Through Sleet and Snow, Where the Rain May Go. Death No More Destroys Love Than My Fingers Become A Glove' - 81x61 cm, acrylic on wood panel.
By Marie Kyle @wedreaminpictures
‘Love Frequency’ was created in response to my mother’s death; 6 months after being diagnosed with melanoma of the lungs and brain she passed away. Unsure how to process the intensity of my loss, I naturally turned to my easel. I had intended to paint her portrait but what emerged was an image that portrayed both the spirit of the woman I love and the sadness we shared knowing she was dying. My painting was an attempt to connect with her once more, forgetting we are eternally connected; in life and in death.
Through my own struggle with chronic long-term illness, I have come to terms with my own 'darkness' or parts of myself that remained unacknowledged. Through this transformative journey of acceptance of my illness, I have come to embrace more fully, the gifts inside the 'death' of not ever living the full life of my dreams. Instead I have embraced both the light (life) in myself and the (dark) death, struggle and pain of living with long-term illness, which together create a beautiful, inspiring contrast with so many learnings and gifts for myself and others.
as the molecules of this life expand and disintegrate, the spirit in the form of a luminous spirit bird rises up and takes flight
As a registered nurse with a specialty in Oncology, I have been privileged to witness the birth of life, the sadness of dath, and what comes inbetween. These handmade dandelions, made from recycled materials, depict the cycle of life through to death. They also go through transition but often leave behind seeds that create new life in their death. Life for the most part is pleasant, Death, not so much. It is the transition between these two that I have experienced to be the hardest.