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The Rich Wreck the Well

Dreamed by Jim Shaw between 1987 & Jan. 1995.

I'm looking at some parts of heaven and hell that might have something to do with a project a high school pal (who's now born-again) proposed of paintings of heaven and hell. This becomes part of the John Huston film of the Bible, but it seems to be a part based on Revelations. There is a foaming version of the New Age well that is a source for rivers in all directions. Intercut are shots of women being slathered with pea soup that seem superfluous to the plot.

Fat old rich guys ruin the Well of Rejuvenation. Dream sketch by Jim Shaw. Click to enlarge.
A couple of rich old fat guys cut into the front of the line to this well, demanding to be treated with its presumed rejuvenating properties immediately. This precipitates a disastrous explosion of the white goop foaming out of the well, drowning all the people waiting.

--Jim Shaw


This is one of the few explicitly political dreams among the 400+ in Jim's book--and a generation later, as American lifespans shorten for the fourth year in a row, it looks quite prophetic--the rich and spoiled really have managed to wreck an entire society's health. There is, of course, no pun hidden in that word "well".

--Chris Wayan

SOURCE: Jim Shaw's Dreams, Jan. 1995, Smart Art Press. Dreamed 1987-95; drawn 1993-95.

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