Jeannie McKendry states the following about her “syringe art.”
“I am not an artist. I am a diabetic, and these are my tools. For over 20 years, I have been dependent on these syringes to keep me alive. Each bottle now contains about two weeks worth of my medical waste. Each bottle originally contained about a week’s worth of my overwhelming frustration at having this hellish disease and my rage at the state of health care in this country. I would like to fix this broken system. I would like for sick people to be treated like human beings. I would like the health care industry to focus on healing people and keeping them healthy rather than the bottom line. I would like the pharmaceutical companies to stop spending billions of dollars on expensive drugs that are Band-Aids at best, and useless or harmful at worst, and focus on curing people. I would like for all people to have the health care they deserve and the medications they need at a price that doesn’t leave them penniless. I would like to help make that dream a reality. I am currently a policy analyst for Medi-Cal, but no one really wants my analyses. I’m going back to school for a masters in social work and public policy to pocket some authority. Then maybe they will listen.