BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

For the One
Marianne Lettieri  Mixed media construction  2010

So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?”  (Luke 15:3-4)

Lettieri applies the parable of the Lost Sheep to our time. Among the field of faces, reminiscent of those that appear on milk cartons, rests a magnifying glass to look for what is lost. Like her other works, For the One draws on “found objects and the insignificant castoffs of society” to create art that recognizes the enchantment of everyday life. In this way, this ordinary magnifying glass also becomes a treasure, thus alluding to another of Jesus’ parables, the Pearl of Great Price. The mixing of stories deepens the work — we each become Christ’s costly pearl and the object of his search.