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.
Amy Goh’s latest illustration is for this story:
My pregnancy with twins was fraught with difficulties. I went into labour at 28 weeks, and examination showed they were both in the breech position. They eventually were born, with no medical intervention, nine weeks early, but were both in good health. They were home with me in five weeks. I continually give thanks for all of that, and I am proud to be their mother. I have two other wonderful healthy children.
Carolyn Horn, London 1979. For the greater power.