Category Archives: Votive Illustrations

Contemporary votive illustrations: A gift greater than any

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: A gift greater than any
Liz Anelli: A gift greater than any

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.

You can find out more about Liz Anelli’s work and explore more votive illustrations on the Wellcome Collection website.

Contemporary votive illustrations: Twins

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.

Amy Goh: Twins
Amy Goh: Twins

Amy Goh’s latest illustration is for this story:

My pregnancy with twins was fraught with difficulties. I went into labour at 28 weeks, and examination showed they were both in the breech position. They eventually were born, with no medical intervention, nine weeks early, but were both in good health. They were home with me in five weeks. I continually give thanks for all of that, and I am proud to be their mother. I have two other wonderful healthy children.

Carolyn Horn, London 1979. For the greater power.

You can find out more about Amy Goh’s work and explore more votive illustrations on the Wellcome Collection website.

Contemporary votive illustrations: Dad’s lilo

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.

Marta Wawryszuk: Dad's lilo
Marta Wawryszuk: Dad's lilo

Marta Wawryszuk’s latest illustration is for this story:

My sister and I were playing in the sea with an inflatable ‘lilo’ (or bed) and we were joined by my father, who could not swim at all. The tide appeared to be going out again very quickly while we were playing on the lilo. My father took his turn on the lilo, and my sister and I found that we were very quickly out of our depth. We couldn’t reach him, and he sat frozen with fear on the lilo. In a panic, we both ran back to the beach to tell our mother and others on the beach. Some of them tried to swim out to reach him, but he was out too far. Eventually, someone called a lifeboat, which appeared like a vision across the sea. It moved gently towards my father and the lifeguards lifted him onto the boat. When it reached the shore, my father was pale, speechless and shaking. He was given a sugary cup of milky tea. We were all shocked but so relieved and grateful that he was back with us.

Chris Driscoll, Clacton-on-Sea, 1985. For God, people who are lifeguards and the goodness of ordinary people.

You can find out more about Marta Wawryszuk’s work and explore more votive illustrations on the Wellcome Collection website.

Contemporary votive illustrations: Blue baby

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.

Becki Hiscocks: Blue baby
Becki Hiscocks: Blue baby

Becki Hiscocks’ latest illustration is for this story:

I was a blue baby and nearly died at birth, 65 years ago. However, I survived, with reasonable health so far. I feel an enormous sense of gratitude that I live in this day and age, when I can obtain spectacles (all my life), medication for chronic problems (thyroid and migraine) and surgery for muscle damage with relative ease. Without these things, I would be half-blind and very ill or disabled most of the time, if I were even alive. I also have a good house to live in, and enough money to buy food and fuel. I don’t believe in any God, but I give thanks for the great things in my life, and try to do some things which help others who are less fortunate.

Frances Clegg, UK. I just feel very fortunate, and wish that all people shared my good luck.

You can find out more about Becki Hiscocks’s work and explore more votive illustrations on the Wellcome Collection website.

Contemporary votive illustrations: Lost within one’s self

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.

Amy Goh: Lost within one's self
Amy Goh: Lost within one's self

Amy Goh’s latest illustration is for this story:

I am thankful for having people around me who pull me away from the black hole of loneliness. London is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the world; however, it is so easy to be lost within one’s self. My friends and the people close to me have been able to show me the light and steer me away from my own near fatalities of depression. I give thanks for being able to see the light shown from the beauties my loved ones show me, and I give thanks to the one who once loved me.

Hina, London 2010. For Rav Lochab.

You can find out more about Amy Goh’s work and explore more votive illustrations on the Wellcome Collection website.