BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

Shelter in the Mustard Seed
Shirley Cunningham  Fiber assemblage  2010

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?  It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”  (Mark 4:30-32)

Cunningham’s assemblage provides a visual comparison of the miraculous concept where Jesus compared the mustard seed to the Kingdom of God. By incorporating a diminutive bead that dangles from the threadlike root, she highlights what massive and majestic growth can come from a tiny source.