Our exhibition ‘Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings‘ has just closed, but we have a few more contemporary votive illustrations to share with you, based on stories submitted by visitors to Wellcome Collection and to our website. Just as Mexican ex-voto paintings were made by painters to tell stories of thanks, these contemporary stories of gratitude involve an exchange between storyteller and illustrator.
Liz Anelli’s latest illustration is for this story:
In the spring of 2009, Jessie Bond was kind enough to give me shelter when I was thrown out of my lodgings by my cantankerous landlady, after giving her notice of my leaving. I had nowhere to go and half of my possessions on my back. I called Jessie at midnight and asked her if I could stay on her sofa. It may not have seemed a great deal worthy of thanks to her but at that exact moment, it was a gift greater than any.
Adam Sweeney, Camberwell, South London, spring 2009. For Jessie Bond.