ATTENTION: To use this site, it is necessary to enable JavaScript in your browser.
Here are the Instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.
Living Art Inventory >
On being alive

Save to

On being alive


Size: 24"x12"

(from my private collection) 2014. Oil on linen panel.

See full description & specifications

What does it mean, to be alive? Beyond the most trivial physiological sense, I am not at all sure there is a genuinely shared meaning for this expression. That is to say, when one person says it (or writes it), the meaning they had in mind is very likely different from the meaning actually conveyed to the listener (or reader); and to have at least some meaning for this expression, one has to have experienced at least two different mind/body states (one: being alive, and the other: not quite alive); or maybe even a whole inner scale of being alive.

I don't know about you, but I still remember the time when I didn't have this scale within me; no inner distinctions between being and not being alive. I guessed people mean something by it (apart from being simply not dead), but no appropriate experiences, no consciously perceived differences in sensations.

Which brings me to a thought I've been entertaining for some time. There is an apparent sense in which younger people are more full of life and spirit; more interesting; more promising. As a person ages, it's happens all too often that they set into an "auto-pilot" routine, just going through socially determined moves of being a "responsible grown-up"; all in all, growing less and less alive. But on the other hand, there are some essential qualities one can only acquire through years of experience, tragedies and joys, failures and successes; so those people who are fully alive in spite of being older, are (in a sense) more fully alive and human than their younger selves. 

1c crunched snajej

Trusted Art Seller

The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.

It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.

3c crunched udpkob

Verified Secure Website with Safe Checkout

This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.


Your cart is currently empty.

Saved Successfully.

This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.


Import From Instagram

Click on any Image to continue

Create a New Favorite List


Badge ar compatible

The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.

Badge ar compatible

This Website Supports Augmented Reality to Live Preview Art

This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.

To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!


Email this Image to Your Friends

(this will be the "from" email)
(enter recipient email addresses)

Manage Favorites

Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.

Sonnets in colour

Sign up for news and updates


Enter your email below and we'll email you a 20% OFF Coupon right now!

= required

This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!