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Insulin syringes art sculpture ‘Diabetes’

About 382 million people in the world are sick with diabetes. I had only realized that when I came to know that I am one of them.

Insulin injections to the abdomen, blood tests prodding the fingers. Permanent self-control, watching the blood levels, strict diet, regular doctor appointments. Every single day for the last six years, I have to live with such a discipline. All this time, I was also trying out all sorts of ways to improve my life quality, or perhaps even to be cured. I keep experimenting with both traditional and alternative medical approaches. I feel so elevated when improved glucose results allow me to lower the insulin dose. And sorely mourn each failed attempt.

This is how I came up with an idea to draw attention to this fast-growing disease (diabetes). I will create an art object out of ~10’000 used insulin syringes collected from people who have diabetes.

Sculpture ‘Diabetes’

The finished art object will be around 3 m in height and reflect a woman sitting on a chair and taking her usual insulin injection into her abdomen. I will glue the disinfected used syringes in a way that will result in a life-sized sculpture. With this aesthetically looking, but at the same time shocking art object, I try to represent both: enormous growth of the disease in the world (the sheer amount of insulin syringes consumed during a lifetime of a person with diabetes), my constraint abidance with it (sitting position = humility) and sensitive hope that one day diabetes will be cured.

FRAGMENT OF THE SCULPTURE FOR IDF CONGRESS IN ABU DHABI

During the International Diabetes Federation Congress, in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, a fragment of the sculpture was exposed.

About Agne Kisonaite

As a professional artist, I have developed knowledge and techniques that allow me to bring others into my world full of bright colors and positive emotions. My subject of art is a woman, the feminine world, consumerism, and artificial beauty. Besides painting, I create art objects and installations on the same subject. My art has been recognized by the Lithuanian National Design Prize Award (2015). I am also a Guinness World Record holder for one of my art installations (2015). More about me.