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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!
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.
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.
Pendulum of emotions
By Louise Cooke
The push and pull between light and dark emotions, as detailed in the background text, is experienced when death is imminent. The paintings wood panel surface reflects the rawness of emotions. The colours represent the life force, radiance, healing, love and peace. The inner circles of the mandala are created by the words life in death, enveloping those inner circles is the text love is love. Death is an inevitable part of the circle of life, whether in the light or dark, hopefully there is light and love to carry us through these times.
By Christine de Brenni
Essential to life is love. Love creates life and we live on after death through those we loved and who loved us.
This mosaic expresses something of my experience of grief upon losing my soul mate. In life we were joined by our love for each other and we found that that love just keeps growing and incorporates all people and life around us. There is both pain and joy; light and darkness in life, love and death.
My heart felt tight; grief binding all the love I held within it. Pain lessens when my heart freely releases love.
By Stephen Harrison and Anna Koorey
Originally a response to viewing the wild horses of Kosciusko and my interest in human mythology, the Horse Men were created through sculpture and photography. Although I am Australian, like the Brumbies, I am an introduced species. The Horse Man represents the tragedy of culling and identity loss, especially of displaced and traumatised Aboriginal Australians. The pale horse in mythology represents many aspects of the human condition, and is symbolic of both death and heroes. This picture represents the comfort in the tragedy.
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.