Insulin syringes sculpture ‘Diabetes’

Agne Kisonaite with fragment of art object 'Diabetes'

About 382 million people in the world are sick with diabetes. I have only realised 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 four years I have lived with such discipline. But all this time, I was 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 ~5000 used insulin syringes, collected from people who has diabetes.

Fragment of the sculpture for IDF Congress in Abu Dhabi

During IDF Congress in Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, fragment of the sculpture would be exposed.

Sculpture ‘Diabetes’

Finished art object would be around 3 m height and reflect a woman, sitting on a chair and taking usual insulin injection into her abdomen. I would disinfected used syringes and glue them one to each other in a way that construct a monument statue. 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 (how much of insulin syringes is consumed by a man), my constraint abidance with it (sitting position = humility) and sensitive hope that one day diabetes would be cured.

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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 colours and positive emotions. My subject of art is woman, feminine world, their consumerism and artificial beauty. Aside painting, I am creating art objects and installations on the same subject, which led me to win Lithuanian national design prize (2015) and achieve World Guinness Record (2015). More about me.

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