This paper describes my interest in the artist’s multiple and the thesis body of work created in the exploration of them. I was especially interested in the relationship of individual components I could combine to form a singular object and how the resulting object had the ability to change through various methods of production and presentation. Also, in contrast to the idea that multiples are exact copies of each other I was interested in exploring the idea of the multiple being seen as an individual object.
My interest in history and collecting unique objects from the past have heavily influenced the development of this work. Often, those objects at one time had a utilitarian function, but now because a certain amount of time has passed the objects have taken on the role of artifact. They have become a precious object that can no longer be used for the purpose they were created. This is a quality that I find fascinating. As an artist I find myself collecting these objects at an astounding level. This obsession with collecting has a direct connection with my current interest in multiples.
The inspiration for this work came from many areas which include, but are not limited to the work of other artists, architects, graphic designers and specific periods of time when a certain visual aesthetic was highly valued, such as art nouveau, art deco, the arts and crafts movement, futurism, fluxus and modernism.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Metal scupture; Multiple art
Fine Arts Studio (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Tighe, William Thomas, "Multiple Collections" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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