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Art Competition Gallery 2020
Welcome to Palliative Care Australia’s 2020 Art Competition gallery! PCA’s art competition aims to raise awareness in the community about palliative care, end-of-life care, death and bereavement. This year’s theme “Palliative Care… It’s more than you think!” aims to challenge common misconceptions about palliative care. Artists were encouraged to think beyond the care provided at the very end of life, and instead focus on how palliative care can improve quality of life, help people participate in activities that are important to them, and create opportunities for love, laughter, creativity, and fulfilment.
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It was a Wednesday and the doctor said she was dying and needed palliative care. I sat with her. We talked and laughed about memories. I would draw beside her. Vicki would swaddle her. An oil burner and soft music made the room feel calm. On Monday Rasmita and I held her hands while she took her last breath. She had been my child for the last 11 years, but she was my mother, and Vicki and Rasmita were her loving carers in palliative care. I painted her, swaddled on her bed. I cried as I made every brushstroke.
Reflecting on my experiences with palliative care and being with people that I love that have died, I remember palliative care as an opportunity to share precious good times and memories. A common thread that stuck with me was ‘how short life is’ and ‘how this life can be taken away at any moment’. Vanitas artworks evolved to illustrate the fleeting nature of life and the importance, or otherwise, of earthy connections through symbols and objects. In this piece I have reflected on symbols of Vanitas and thought about some things that are important to me.
Staying Pawsative- a happy tale: is all about using humor even when times seem dark- We have lost 7 family members through cancer and have found that the ability to share a joke or make light of a situation with each other and medical staff has helped so much and now also with the use of therapy dogs has also been a very Pawsative experience - this art piece shows we all come in different shapes and sizes and so do the therapy dogs - going for a walk -sharing a joke- and connecting with each other is so important
Facing the Unknown
By Myree Oakley-Smith
Five generations of women, at different stages of life, face the wilderness of the unknown. The unknown being any illness that is considered life limiting. Each illness affects people differently, therefore each person requires individualised support and care. The blanket wrapped around the five women is warm, making them feel secure and safe, the threads connect each of them to each other and the blanket. The blanket is representative of Palliative Care, it is more thank you think, it is the thread that supports families and patients face the unknown of illness and navigate it's very individualised path.
The Provisionary Temple
By Stella Black
The central focus of my piece is themed around the emotions I feel integrated with the word ‘support’; holding many values relatable to a time when I was grieving the loss of my dear Grandmother, while in palliative care, in 2015.
The nests’ construction encompasses the range of emotions I was bestowed during that time; woven feelings of gratitude for her care and well-being, cushioning my thoughts of life in the world without her, the nest is a sanctuary where she may receive companionship, thoughtfulness and experience the warmth from the glow of the morning sun, always supported, always loved.
Today, tomorrow and yesterday
My painting represents the different stages of life and the window in the centre hope of whats to come after life. Ive had love ones go through palliative care and i know its more than coping with death but also about looking back at peoples lives.