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 latest illustration is for this story:
I was playing with my sister in some water rapids, the rivers disappeared underground. My six-year-old sister slipped and started to be pulled towards the mouth of the underground river. I grabbed her hand, trying not to let her slip away. There was no-one around and I was screaming and praying. Luckily a stranger appeared and pulled us out of the river just as I was beginning to lose my grip. I’m thankful for her not drowning.
Jennifer Poole, Southern France, 1987. For the French stranger.
Could your gratitude inspire a votive? Tell us your story, and it could form the basis for an illustration.