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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.
New Life in the Graveyard
By Brian Rope
When bulbs emerge and display their blooms in Spring that is new life. When that new life is within the setting of a graveyard that places the evidence of new life among the markers which identify people who have died and been interred in that place. This artwork created from my original photograph using Photoshop seeks to reveal that as people die so new people are born taking their places.
By Anzara Clark
Tragically, six babies are stillborn in Australia every day. For these babies and their families the christening and the funeral are one. Death prevails on the threshold of life. Their lives and memories never emerge from the bodies of their mothers. Christening Shroud, hand embroidered on delicate Japanese papers, is a traditional christening gown that incorporates adaptations for dressing the dead. The welcome is also the farewell. This is the story of my second grandson Cody, and so many others. Unable to live in the world, these babies live eternally in the hearts of those who love and grieve them.
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.
Reflect and Remember
By Carolyn Docking
This image shows a poignant moment in reflecting and remembering a loved one. The person is contemplating life and gazing at memories now encapsulated in stone engravings. It depicts a person that is at peace with visiting the grave but is allowing the solitude and private time to wash over them into an almost meditative state.
In the morning hours before you left, I don't know whether it was my Heart or My Head saying take a picture of My Daddy / Dad holding My Hand for One Last Time,
This is the Keepsake I have of Our connection "Our One Last Time" to Feel Your Strength of Love that kept me safe now in My hand there is an empty space.
My Heart aches My Mind is blank I have Gratitude for wherever the Voice came from to take this Photo of My Dad & Me. You live on in Me.