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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!
Shelter for the night
By Josh Cooke
I created this shelter out of dead trees and their branches. While these trees are dead they now provide shelter for other living things.
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',
Watching my father die was very distressing yet I am consoled that he died with dignity, surrounded by family. My mother was the love of his life and throughout his last few days as he lay in bed his hand was steadfastly clasped around hers. He knew he was leaving her. He cared for her, unconditionally and without complaint, despite his own silent pain as his body was ravaged by illness. Through the generations, from child to child, he taught us that love is accepting, non-judgemental and enduring. Family is the thread that gathers us. This is what lives on.
Shared moments of connection remain living. Like tea which was once in amongst life bearing plantations. This tea sustains its fragrance. Its warmth and comfort create a vehicle for community in times of grieving and reflection.
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 Evelina Cardone
Just after attending the unexpected death process from a dearest one, I painted this picture. I was intrigued and frightened the idea that someone might die and then decide to live after a long resuscitates. I have inspired in search the meaning of life on death; the Greek gave me a clue to start my research in the ancient mythology, the symbolic death of Dionysus comes to life a tree, the pomegranate. First as a symbol of life and sacrifice, secondly as a symbol of fertility and, third as life – death – resuscitation. Red remembers blood, a sea as infinity.