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.
Marta Wawryszuk’s latest illustration is for this story:
I want to give thanks, for I found my love in a tree. This wasn’t any kind of tree. I had been visiting this tree for years. I came to it regularly. I asked it its name once and she told me she was called Aurora. I asked it to draw towards me my heart’s true desire. I told it that my heart’s desire is not even known to me… will it be a passion for painting? Will it be devotion to a service to help someone or something in the world? Will it be a love, someone to journey the worlds with?
Could your gratitude inspire a votive? Tell us your story, and it could form the basis for an illustration.