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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!
I Will Stay
By Blaire Walker
Life sleeps, alongside death.
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.
By Ella Whateley
Questions about life after death - about the life of the spirit - have long concerned me. Where do I go when I die? What becomes of me after death? As an abstract painter, I have found the history of Western painting and its treatment of light, the inspiration to explore this subject. In BREATHING SPACE, I use a broad palette that connects with earth and dust, flesh and blood; embracing light is at the centre of the composition. This is a meditative painting, that invites the viewer in, offering a space to breath and contemplate life's transitions.
last breath embrace
By Jewels Smith
This was the last breath my daughter took in whilst being embraced my her big sister and I, her Mum
By Jeni Hawes
Inspired by Monet 'Winter Garden' depicts a body of water with cooler hues and shadows of winter when life begins to quieten.I see the garden as the intersection of life and death where soft shadows can emerge to veil the more strident hues of the rhythmic life force.In the garden we can draw nearer to the source of life and understand that death also belongs to this source.Each layer of beeswax,silk thread and encaustic medium is fused with a heat source to bind as one, which may also represent a fusion of 'life in death',
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.