Contemporary votive illustrations: Venus in flames

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.

Amy Goh: Venus in flames

Amy Goh: Venus in flames

Amy Goh’s latest illustration is for this story:

I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2006, at the age of 26. It was not the most common kind, and it was aggressive. I had surgery six weeks later, and made a full recovery back to health. I will never be pregnant, but I still hope to one day be a mother, and live life to its fullest.

Petra Hall, Bristol, 2006. For Jo Bailey and Mr Murdoch at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol.

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

Could your gratitude inspire a votive? Tell us your story, and it could form the basis for an illustration.

One thought on “Contemporary votive illustrations: Venus in flames

  1. I accidentally discovered this today! This is my story, and I feel very privileged that Amy chose it.

    Thank you Amy Goh, The Wellcome Collection, and of course all the team at St Michaels.

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