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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!
Journey into the Promised Land
By Roy and Mijina McDowall
Standing at the gateway to the Promised Land, the tree has begun the final journey of this life. The gentle touch of a rainbow reassures the tree not to be afraid, and reminds it of the promise, that this is not the end but rather only the beginning of life. Towering above the valley, the tree sees a majestic snow-clad mountain, clothed in evergreen trees, symbolising those who have already made the journey to the Promised Land, and who now wait for their weary companion to join with them and be re-clothed in the splendour of everlasting youth.
By Ashley Fiona
I create porcelain Ashkeepers to help families celebrate those loved and lost. The motivation behind my porcelain creations draws inspiration from my personal journey of love and loss. I was only 13 when my mother died. I still remember the plastic container that held her ashes. It was unsightly and unrefined, everything she wasn’t. I wanted to create a beautiful vessel to nourish the soul through memory - An outcome of my own personal healing, an Ashkeeper is designed to do just that. Ashkeepers bring life to the sadness of death and encourage us to cherish positive memories forever.
By Sally Mikosza
Love and reverence expressed by gentle hands held in incidental heart shape, knowing that the freshly emerged beauty held therein will not last long, noted as in the already fallen fragrant frangipani flower in the background. Nevertheless, this is an image of fleeting but exhilarating simple joys repeated throughout life, always ending in non-negotiable finality of death, yet always re-occurring. A pattern of chaos. A picture of joy and delight, wisdom and appreciation.
By Anzara Clark
Tragically, six babies are stillborn in Australia every day. For these babies and their families the christening and the funeral are one. Death prevails on the threshold of life. Their lives and memories never emerge from the bodies of their mothers. Christening Shroud, hand embroidered on delicate Japanese papers, is a traditional christening gown that incorporates adaptations for dressing the dead. The welcome is also the farewell. This is the story of my second grandson Cody, and so many others. Unable to live in the world, these babies live eternally in the hearts of those who love and grieve them.
By Caroline deeble
As The rhythm of life gets crowded it is innevitable nature has a way of renewing its self. This artwork shows how the currents of clear clean water cleanses the spirit to nurture new growth. The fallen gum leaves float into the abyss of nature to become the body of fertilisation for new growth of seedlings on the river side down stream.
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.