Contemporary votive illustrations: Darkness into light

17 January 2012

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.

 Polly Alizarin Harvey: darkness into light

Polly Alizarin Harvey: darkness into light

Polly Alizarin Harvey’s latest illustration is for this story:

it is Finished

. I knew it was God and prayed all day for Him to explain! The next day by pure ‘coincidence’ I read that Jesus had said those words on the cross to declare that his death had defeated all evil. In fact they are considered by some to be the most famous words in the Bible. Since then (about ten years now) my life had been full of blessings! It has been amazing!

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