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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!
Bursting with Life
By Emily Sisson
Now, this takes pushing up the daisies to a new level...
Flowers spring out of an unmarked grave in Waverley Cemetery, Sydney. Even in death we can sustain life.
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 Jewels Smith
Life and death coexist with earth
My mothers's gift
By Margaret Ambridge
It seems a terrible thing to cut your own mother’s hair off. I struggle with images of women, bald, accused of sleeping with the enemy, having their hair cut off, of punishment, prostitution. Punishment for having cancer, punishment for chasing a cure… But as my mother said to me “there are some things in life Margaret where you have no choice…feel the lump Margaret, so you know what it feels like, just in case”.
By Alli Kristiansen
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.
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.