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.
Liz Anelli’s first illustration is for this story:
The idea of having children did not come to Patti and me at the same time. But when it did there was new light and new feeling to being alive. Later Patti had four miscarriages, each one of which burned its own new kind of pain into the days and years that followed. Some medical people in the hospital discovered why this was happening and paid no attention to Patti’s age; they went ahead and fixed it so she could have another chance. Guy was born. I would like to give thanks to those people who never gave up, just for the sake of never giving up, and helped us never give up on life either.
Tim Mathews, Cambridge, May 1995. For the gynaecology and obstetrics staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Could your gratitude inspire a votive? Tell us your story, and it could form the basis for an illustration.