BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

Hope Too Much
Tim Timmerman  Oil on wood/assemblage (including constructed wooden figures, brass, and found wood)  2010

But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe — the best one — and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.  (Luke 15:20, 22-24)

Timmerman gives insight to the end of the story of the Prodigal. The restored child is now separated from that journey, that period of his life. He is enshrouded in the embrace of his father on a ledge that protects him from that past. Presiding above this scene is the sacrificial lamb of Christ. In this context the image of the lamb is full of multiple meanings. The lost sheep has also been found.