Filipino Nurse Uses Syringes and Needles to Paint Tribute to Frontliners

IMAGE Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbanua

Who said you need a brush to paint?

Nurse and frontliner Kimberley Joy Mallo Magbanua is proving you can make art out of the most unlikely materials, and in her case, the young artist and healthcare worker has captured the hearts of many with her creative tribute to frontliners—that she painted using syringes and needles.

The painting called “Inang Bayan” was created using only medical equipment and paint—a poetic tribute to the frontliners fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our motherland is sick. She needs you to heal,” said Magbanua on her social media post. “She’s battling inside the operating room now.”

Photo by Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbanua.

Photo by Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbanua.

Photo by Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbanua.

A frontliner herself, Magbanua is a nurse at Valladolid District Hospital in Negros Occidental. She has been exploring “syringe art” as she calls it for around five years. The idea of “injecting art” popped into her mind when she was doing the rounds one day, and eventually gave the thought a literal meaning by employing syringes and needles as her paintbrushes.

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See how she did it here:

With this painting, Magbanua hopes to inspire others to show unity and compassion in these troubling times and also inject a little more much-needed hope into the world.

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