By Avi Aronson, Center for the Arts Student Correspondent
What would you want to be looking at as you potentially exhale the last breath of your life? Sadly, this is a question for those that lie immobile in the Mass General Medical Intensive Care Unit. They wait and stare at the ceiling; but what do they see?
Artist Caleb Neelon was asked to create a piece of artwork that could be the last vivid image captured by the eyes of those terminal-ill hospital patients. His artwork looks down at them with the seemingly impossible job of bringing comfort to those who may have nothing left.
Neelon is an artist whose work is empowering beyond imagination. He has made his mark across the world along heavy brick walls and cement foundations where he spills out his designs; expressing love, hope and passion. Now, he has landed at the steps of Endicott College Center for the Arts where he is floating thirty feet above the lobby floor.
Along with his exhibit, which has been on display in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, artist-in-residence Caleb Neelon started his site specific installation Monday, February 27th, which will awaken the walls of the Center for the Arts lobby. With his expertise, Caleb will collaborate with Endicott College art students in assembling a wooden, quilt-like, montage. This project will extend to March 6th when we welcome students, community members, faculty and staff to witness the artwork pieced together by a savant of imagery and color conception.
Humans strive to find out what it means to be alive. The truth is that society defines life by each breath a body can inhale and exhale. Or the count of heartbeats per minute an organ can handle. Yet, there is more than just the obvious with which to define life, which we as a society are missing. When we can stop, appreciate and capture the power of a sunset or fall in love with someone for the first time or when an artist and his or her canvas makes us stop in our tracks, that, my friends, is the feeling of being alive.