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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!
The circle of life and death
By Rosalind Bradley
The circle of life and death is in us all. The black markings show the mysterious ebb and flow of my own unique life - the blisses, joys and disappointments. Beyond the heartache and the mystery, death can teach us how to live our lives: to know love and be loved, to be able to express joy and gratitude, to forgive others and ourselves and to be at peace. Raymond Carver wrote: ‘And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?’ I am still on that journey of fulfilment and being.
The Cycle of Life
By Ingrid Ferguson
The stately old tree has passed its span of life. But, from its gnarled branches, the birds still sing to the glory of the sun. It harbours a nest for the young who are fostered within its protective shade. They,too, will sing to the sun from its ancient branches. The tree, in dying, fosters life.
New Life in the Graveyard
By Brian Rope
When bulbs emerge and display their blooms in Spring that is new life. When that new life is within the setting of a graveyard that places the evidence of new life among the markers which identify people who have died and been interred in that place. This artwork created from my original photograph using Photoshop seeks to reveal that as people die so new people are born taking their places.
By Sophie Kirstine
She got sick before Christmas, right around the time the Christmas beetles would have been starting their metamorphosis deep below the ground. The beetles started to emerge, her birthday passed, Christmas passed, then so did she. After that, the beetles just disappeared. Every year, the luminous beady-eyed creatures will emerge from the earth around the same time, and disappear as quietly as they came, a reminder that the cycle of life will continue as usual, even if you feel as though you can't bear it, without their laugh, their smile.
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.
She would be comforted to know that nature has reclaimed her just like it has reclaimed this little sparrow. New life will eventually emerge from what has been left behind and remind us that our transience is not meant to be feared, but accepted, for even though our lives are fleeting with the passing of time, the earth will never forget. Rest in peace Grandma. We will never forget you.