Our exhibition ‘Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings‘ has just closed, but we have a few more contemporary votive illustrations to share with you, 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, these contemporary stories of gratitude involve an exchange between storyteller and illustrator.
Becki Hiscocks’ latest illustration is for this story:
I was a blue baby and nearly died at birth, 65 years ago. However, I survived, with reasonable health so far. I feel an enormous sense of gratitude that I live in this day and age, when I can obtain spectacles (all my life), medication for chronic problems (thyroid and migraine) and surgery for muscle damage with relative ease. Without these things, I would be half-blind and very ill or disabled most of the time, if I were even alive. I also have a good house to live in, and enough money to buy food and fuel. I don’t believe in any God, but I give thanks for the great things in my life, and try to do some things which help others who are less fortunate.
Frances Clegg, UK. I just feel very fortunate, and wish that all people shared my good luck.