To accompany our current exhibition ‘Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings‘, we’ve been working with professional illustrators to produce contemporary votive illustrations 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, we want to hear contemporary stories of gratitude and explore the process of exchange between storyteller and illustrator.
Marta Wawryszuk’s first votive illustration is for this story submitted at Wellcome Collection:
Whilst waiting for the 8.21 train to London Bridge I was knocked to the ground by a man who fell, whilst having a fit. I would like to give thanks for the train not coming to run us both over.
Zoe, Platform 1 at Forest Hill Train Station, 28 September 2011.
Could your gratitude inspire a votive? Tell us your story, and it could form the basis for an illustration.