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Art Competition Gallery 2018
Welcome to the What matters most during the holiday season gallery! These artworks were entered in Palliative Care Australia’s art competition in 2018. Thank you to all the 2018 entrants and those who attended the exhibition!
Savouring the moment
By Anna Irorere
Savouring the moment is a message I try to live by because it is about living in the present moment, taking a deep breath in so that the memory can last forever. Our precious fleeting moments with loved ones is what matters most during the holiday season, and carrying this love with us for those loved ones that are no longer with us. The holiday season is difficult for me as it reminds me of lost loved ones, but I cherish the memories and moments we shared and cherish moments with my loved ones now.
Leaves me breathless - still life
By Mandy Munro
My work delivers peace of mind to all who face departing this world in palliative care. The old gumtree stands grounded & majestic retelling the stories of life within the rings of growth, through abundance, rain , flood, sun, buds & flowers, drought & disease. Nature recounts the leaves, flowing freely in gentle breeze, eucalyptus haze, heavenly scented, a fleeting moment inhaling the last moments of intoxicating life left ... within the twilight.
By Toni Southwell
My holidays always need the tranquility of the bush and walking amongst it. This painting reflects my need to bush walk in my holidays and my Mother’s last week of her life which was earlier this year. In that last week she looked out of her hospital bed window every day and searched for the few red gum leaves she could find. It was a beautiful moment to share with her. Now my holiday bush walks will be even more special every time I spot some red gum Leaves.
A Moment in Life
By Sue Hudson
The holiday seasons for me is a time for family, love and laughter. It is these positive powerful moments in time that are remembered forever even after the passing of someone very special. They never leave but live on forever. So to me are the most precious and powerful moments that one can experience in their life. I believe I have captured one of these moments that are unforgettably valuable to life and will always bring me a little smile.
Time is a cruel thief
By Tanya McLachlan-Troup
It is during the holidays that I grieve missing loved ones the most, whether they have left this earth through random tragic events or through old age. This loss is something that we all will feel, as the only certainty in life is death. This exquisite yet broken bird and this delicate child laying so breathlessly still are a metaphor for the cycles of life and death, for it is the surety of death that makes living all that more precious, meaningful, and gloriously beautiful.
It is said that in the end, all that matters is what you are to others. What matters most during the holiday season is 'Connection'. This powerful force is expressed by the vibrant but tranquil shapes you see here, linking, intertwined and overlapping. Every one unique and different as we are. Beautiful and diverse as we are. Each as important as each other. These wonderful connections in life transpire completely into death as love runs through it all. It is only achieved through Connection.