The woman swimming with two umbrellas
symbolizes a state where choice is no longer
necessary. She indicates that life as not a
condition of “either/or” but “and.” Holding both
umbrellas is like holding two sides of a
question or two points of view. It is both the
end of dichotomy and the nature of paradox.
The philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said
paradox is the closest we will ever come to
knowing the truth. By embracing paradox we
leave restricted ways of thinking, allowing us
like the woman in the painting, to move from a
closed bounded area into an open unbounded
area and freedom. I made one umbrella pink
and the other white, not knowing why when I
painted them. Later when asked about the
colors, I realized they are body and spirit and
that when brought together, they show
integration.
ADVICE TO THE IMPERFECT
Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in.