It’s Part of LIFE
Do you know JACK?
Love em’ or hate em’ but I recently watched a HBO documentary on this cat that was really interesting. His individual take on the moment of D E A T H [or life] struck me. Your mileage may vary…
“You don’t know where you came from,
you don’t know where you are,
you don’t know where you are going when you die,
P E R I O D
Religion ain’t going to explain it…
Science ain’t going to explain it…
That’s all there is to it – and you have to accept that fact.
If you do, then DEATH looses its terror!
It’s part of
~Dr. Jack Kevorkian
*Jack Kevorkian was a physician, social activist, artist, author, amateur composer, and musician. He gained worldwide recognition for his actions as the pioneer for physician-assisted suicide.
Dr. Kevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on May 26, 1928, to Armenian immigrants. His father, a self-educated excavating contractor, and his mother were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Tales of genocidal horrors inflicted on family members became part of the Kevorkian heritage, and Dr. Kevorkian was influenced by this dark legacy. He was the second of three children: his older sister, Margaret, is deceased; his younger sister, Flora, lives in Germany.
Dr. Kevorkian referred to his paintings as social, political, and medical commentaries that should provoke thought and discussion on aspects of life that may be disagreeable but are universal. “It is not art for art’s sake, so do not criticize me for the art,” says Dr. Kevorkian. “The paintings are often political commentaries. I use bright colors to get people’s attention and to try to make them think.” Several of his paintings represent the medical conditions of human suffering—fever, paralysis, and coma—that he has witnessed.
An amateur musician and composer, Dr. Kevorkian played the flute, organ, piano, and harpsichord. His personal idol has always been Johann Sebastian Bach, whose music Dr. Kevorkian considers the perfect expression of the divine possibilities within us. Dr. Kevorkian’s own musical compositions are strongly influenced by Bach, and his 1999 paintings are celebrations of Bach’s music.
A brilliant, complex, multi-talented figure in Armenian-American history, Dr. Jack Kevorkian is, in his own way, “The Renaissance Man.”
*excerpt from Fordham Law.