BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

I Am Willing
Gregg Wilimek  Mixed media construction  2003

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? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.”  (Luke 15:4-6)

Wilimek’s construction explores the dual meanings of popular biblical symbols. The ninety-nine sheep, left by the Good Shepherd while searching for the one, are the main elements of this altarpiece. The Good Shepherd, however, shows us exactly how he will lay down his life for his flock. The image of the scarecrow, like a crucified man, brings the message of Jesus into our contemporary world.