Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s art and music.
Jack Kevorkian description/comments on each artwork in the video in order.
1- “Very Still Life”
The message here, though somewhat capricious, nebulous and indefinable, is clearly underscored by intense feeling.Brilliant colors highlight the melancholoy age-old balance between the warmth of life and the iciness of death, spiced with the sardonic humor of irony.The disquieting mood portends inescapable doom for the frail symbol of individual life and seemingly callous extinction of its evanescent aura.The age-old balance is certainly skewed.
2. - “Fever”
This is one of an original series of paintings (now lost) concerning various medical signs and symptoms. It depicts the great discomfort of intense bodily heat. The inferno is internal; and in some tragic cases even the will to live is charred.
3. “Gourmet of War”
What is war? Is it a soldier dying, or guns, or bombs, or crosses, or weeping mothers, or sport, or patriotism, or valor, or high paying jobs? What is war? Not hell. For that is merely evil. War is worse than evil. It is mind-boggling suicide —mass suicide— with humankind devouring or trying to devour itself. In vain attemps to assuage some sort of weird, innate (and apparently insatiable) appetite nurtured by our true and beloved God, Mars, we will not settle for less than the “flower of evolution” as the main course, embellished by bountiful side dishes and fanciful shakers filled with the “fruits” of our marvelous hands and big starving brains. How long will we persist in this lethal nonsense?How long before we really believe that salvation lies not in an insane paradox fostered by brute and selfish gluttony, but in the far more “nutritious” and healthful viand in the sadly neglected garden of human compassion and understanding?Considering the status of brotherhood today, possibly too long.
Every person is physically a part of the fabric called humanity, which is —unilaterally— bedizened with all kinds of nobel epithets and arbitrary virtues. On the contrary, the pervading spirit is, and always was, a miasma of distrust and suspicion, periodically accentuated by hate and outright mayhem and murder. Despite effusive lip service to sublime ideals, humanity’s awe is lavished on its real god, Satan, , whose suzerainty and leering confidence are sustained by his loyal subjects throughout the world —in Bosnia, Somalia, Ireland, India, the Middle East, Haiti, Cuba, Tibet, South Africa — and Waco
5. “For He is Raised”
The annual resurrection by dumb bunnies of a pathetic, despairing, almost scorned image of the purported divinity is hardly noticeable amid the tawdry paraphernalia of irresistible paganism at its vernal orgy. It is a spectacle badly conceived, badly manipulated, and superbly desecrated by those hare-brained disciples of Mammon, who, with armfuls of brilliant multi-colored eggs and gleeful joy, framed in parade-stopping millinery, might, in a rare pseudo-pious mood briefly condescend to acknowledge some sort of disquieting mystery pervading it all. Such is the perfunctory Easter of modern western society which seems to have lost appreciation for anachronisms like rods and staffs and angels and lambs.
6. “Nearer My God To Thee” ,
This depicts how most human beings feel about dying — at least about their own deaths. Despite the solace of hypocritical religiosity and its seductive promise of an after-life of heavenly bliss. Most of us will do anything to thwart the inevitable victory of biological death. We contemplate and face it with great apprehension, profound fear, and terror. Sparing no financial or physical sacrifice, pleading wantonly and unashamedly,clutching any hope of salvation through medicine or prayer. How forbidding that dark abyss! How stupendous the yearning to dodge its gaping orifice. How inexorable the engulfment. Yet, below are the disintegrating hulks of those who have gone before;
they have made the insensible transition and wonder what the fuss is all about. After all, how excruciating can nothingness be?
A chained brain and spinal cord cannot motivate or empower. Or, is it muscle, like petrified statuary, that cannot respond?Despair and panic accentuate biological incarceration as though trapped by dank encroaching walls. In time there will be atrophy—hopefully only corporeal, not of the spirit.
8: “Fa-la-la, la-la, la- La”- explained on the video
9. “Genocide” - A severed head being held by the hair by an Ottoman Turkish soldier and a Nazi SS officer. Kevorkian said he wanted to draw comparisons between Turkish atrocities against Armenians in 1915(Armenian Genocide) and the Jewish holocaust during World War II.
10” Double Cross of Justice”- explained on the video