When thinking about which direction to choose, regarding the objects themselves, I decided to make magnets, as they were something my family used to collect when my brother and I were quite young. Upon deciding on magnets, instantly I knew themes of home, and family would inform the content of my artist multiple. When I think of my family, I think of them as a system (a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network) of support ( source of security, comfort, assistance, or encouragement). In terms of construction, I decided to go the route of textiles. Though not typically considered sturdy, or “supporting,” I have lately found solace in my embroidery hobby, with a thread, some fabric, and a needle. Funnily enough, I realized that magnets themselves act as a literal support system to the memos, photographs, and various items they hold secure to a surface.
In this difficult time of social quarantining, support systems become all the more relevant. Whether it be a new hobby or passion, your family, or your chosen family, everyone needs support. Let these artist multiples be a reminder to virtually check in on your loved ones, and to support high-risk individuals by staying home. Thank you all for a wonderful semester, I wish you much love, health, and safety.
Isabella De Tullio
PS I apologize for the dirty, gross fridge in my student house.