Nudibranch Ascending a Staircase
“Nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, thus have a set of reproductive organs for both sexes, but they cannot fertilize themselves. ... Nudibranchs typically deposit their eggs within a gelatinous spiral, which is often described as looking like a ribbon.” Wikipedia
This painting – which is a nudibranch ascending a staircase – is a metaphor for the soul’s journey through life. It is painted in imitation of Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. There are countless types of nudibranchs; they are fantastic looking, compelling in their appearance, complexity, and variety… as we are.
This is the soul… rushing in, at first, anxious for yet another human experience… getting dejected, disappointed, disillusioned, even despairing along the way up… then, gaining some distance on its life, acquiring some wisdom, it pauses, looks back, meditates a bit in review before moving upward… then, ultimately, stopping to rest and reflect… a faint expression of satisfaction on its face… perhaps even amusement as the journey comes to its end.