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.
Becki Hiscocks’ latest illustration is for this story:
I would like to thank the miracle of love that has joined my life and turned my life into a paradise, after 25 years suffering of depression. I would like to thank my cure and the healthy mind I have nowadays, in spite of the doctor’s diagnosis, which told me I would never heal my self-esteem issue and I would take antidepressants forever. I am really grateful now and I testify miracles happening everyday and it is all about love. One’s mind is the most important thing in the existence, therefore I am really glad I can think clearly now and be able to help others.
Renata, Brazil, November. For the Sun of the Universe.
Could your gratitude inspire a votive? Tell us your story, and it could form the basis for an illustration.