BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

Parable of the Sower
DeLynn Coppoletti   Acrylic on Wood Panel Triptych 2010

A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.  (Luke 8:4-8)

Coppoletti’s triptych appears to be a straightforward narrative until one recognizes the role of the rocks in the soil. They may suggest an unsuitable location for growth, but they also represent the human heart. The large stones exhibit the new life and growth enjoyed when the seed finds fertile soil.