Contemporary votive illustrations: Apple tree

4 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.

 Mercedes Leon: Apple tree
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Mercedes Leon: Apple tree

Mercedes Leon’s first illustration is for this story:

Don’t pick the unripe ones,

my brother hollered up at me. It was a crisp, sunny day and he caught every apple I dropped down, gently placing them in the basket. Each and every apple I picked and passed to him, via the force of gravity, felt and feels like a small miracle bringing us, after so many years, closer together again.

You can find out more about Mercedes Leon’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.