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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!
Sometimes I want to fly far, far away
By Lauren van Dort
Cloaked in a gown of feathers, the clown like image asks us to look deeper than what is presented to an audience.Women living in abusive situations can seemingly be caged by their lack of power in a patriarchal society. Many women have lost their lives living with domestic violence.
A singular feather is unique, beautiful and fragile. The feathers are bound together in a cloak, and like an American Indian headdress, symbolises strength and bravery .
When my elder daughter Mel died suddenly in 1999, I began a series of paintings about her life and death. In the lengthy fog that followed, my escapes into art helped me to recover from the gaping hole of loss. This one, “Waves”, was completed recently and tries to express the continuing journey of pain and the search for peace in all the twists and turns of grief.
By Tracy Robinson
At the time of death life may seem unfinished. Palliative Care aims to respect life at all stages, accept death as a part of life and acknowledge the uniqueness of each element.
Leap of Faith
By Gerlinde Thomas
My work ‘Leap of Faith’ represents what I imagine the relief from pain death brings to a sufferer. No more denial, anger or bargaining; she has accepted and transitioned to the afterlife.
She has arisen as a vibrant spirit who is no longer imprisoned in pain. She is strong and vibrant and free to spread her wings and fly to her next level of existence.
By Jewels Smith
Life and death coexist with earth
The feelings people experience after the death of a loved one can be described as a spectrum.
There is a wide range of emotions: sadness, grief, anxiety and emptiness because you have lost someone important to you and you are learning to navigate through life without them; but there is also happiness, reflection and celebration of a beautiful life, love and all the memories you have shared.