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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!
For sale: baby shoes, never worn
By Rachel Rizk
Within the casket-shaped shoe box lie two tiny soles; tangible vestiges of a soul who will never walk the earth. There will be life in death. The parents’ love is boundless. Their child will live on in their handful of memories and unspoken dreams. And the tiny shoes will soon cocoon the feet of another adored infant.
Last year my uncle became suddenly ill, and after procedures and tests his state worsened due to infection. As a result, he had to have both legs removed from above the knee down. After this operation, he never regained consciousness again. The events that followed my uncle’s death had life altering changes and sacrifices for my grandmother, my mother and myself, being the three closest people to him. This tragedy is a daily reminder for me that life can change in an instant and every moment spent with loved ones is precious and all the more fleeting.
By Mark Sladek
In life, we are contained within a circle, in death, we expand out beyond it. Also, the picture shows reaching out , beyond our selves, to care .
Luminous Spirit Bird
By Mark Sladek
as the molecules of this life expand and disintegrate, the spirit in the form of a luminous spirit bird rises up and takes flight
I know a lonely, elderly Greek lady named Anastasia. Anastasia has lots of health problems and worries. She often sits outside of her house. When my son was little and I was picking him up from kindergarten, she would often give him some sweet treats and invite me in for a strong cup of coffee. We would talk for a while and she would tell me about her life. She has one son, but he doesn’t visit her often. Sometimes, Anastasia waits for her son for many hours on the day when he is supposed to visit.
Death No More Destroys Love Than My Fingers Become A Glove
By Stephanie Chambers
Love outlasts death and endures even when it is inevitable. In the painting, love and death are represented by lovebirds and a skull peering over them. They are made from the same organic matter. We all are. The full title is "Through Sleet and Snow, Where the Rain May Go. Death No More Destroys Love Than My Fingers Become A Glove' - 81x61 cm, acrylic on wood panel.