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AUTOMAT

Members

Danielle Degon

is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Tyler School of Art with a degree in Sculpture and attended Tai Kwun’s Summer Institute in Hong Kong to study the topics of labor and privilege. She has an invested interest in social justice and uses her art-work to disperse her ideas to the public. By mimicking industrialized forms of production in sculptures and installations, she challenges neoliberalism and investigates its effects on psychology, biography, sociality, and the art-making process. 

Emily Elliott

is originally from Kissimmee, Florida and studied at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, earning bachelor’s degrees in painting and studio art with an art history minor in 2012. Affected by a sense of quiet vastness and sublime associations of the astronomical and celestial, she works in between painting and sculpture to mimic conditions of atmospheric spectacle bonded with emotional response. Emily completed her master’s degree from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2015.

Tessa Haas

is a Ph.D. student in Art History at Bryn Mawr College. She has organized and assisted with exhibitions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Virginia. Her research interests engage with archive-as-medium and early computer art in the United States. She is originally from Virginia, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

Morgan Hobbs

earned her MFA in 2015 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her BFA in 2010 from the University of Central Missouri, near her hometown of Kansas City. She paints loosely autobiographical images and narratives with negative affect and cathartic humor. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has rented two apartments that have a clear view of helicopter landing pads on top of hospitals. Hobbs has exhibited her work in galleries and museums both regionally and nationally. She is a founding member of AUTOMAT Gallery. 

Mari Elaine Lamp

is a painter and installation artist living in Philadelphia. Her incredibly mobile past includes jaunts in Germany, New York, Colorado, and Chicago. She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts MFA program in 2017, and from Houghton College in upstate New York in 2007.  She has a studio in South Philly where she lives and watches the (cough) seasons change. She attended the Chautauqua Institute School of Art Residency program in 2016, and has shown work nationally.

Jillian Schley

is a Philadelphia based artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. She is interested in ideas of materiality, transformation, objecthood, potentiality of form, and the sublime. She studied ceramics and sculpture while living in Chapel Hill, NC, and went on to earn a BFA in visual art from Arizona State University and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She is a founding member of AUTOMAT Collective. 

 

Lou Serna

is a South Philadelphia based painter. He is interested in class, ideas of home, the perseverance of memory, and unexpected shape relationships. He began studying art at the Central New Mexico Community College and went on to earn his BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. To view current projects, follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/lou_serna

Lydia Smith

received her BA in Anthropology and Studio Art from Rice University, where she directed the student exhibition space, Matchbox Gallery. She has also completed residencies at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Tyler School of Art Summer Painting Intensive, and the Yale School of Art Summer Session in Auvillar, France. In 2015 she was awarded a Watson Fellowship to spend a year traveling outside of the United States researching how cemetery landscapes can reflect varying cultural attitudes towards death. Her work continues to explore themes of collective grief, personal memory, and spirituality. She is currently based in based in Columbus, Ohio and is pursing her MFA at The Ohio State University. 

Kate Testa

is a curator, educator and mixed media artist whose work explores themes of the metaphysical and the occult while investigating how the art making process can transcend into a spiritual practice. Her background is based in the crafts. She received her BFA from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008 where she studied glass and then worked professionally in the glass industry for the next 8 years in Seattle, WA. In 2016 she relocated to pursue her master’s degree and received her MFA concentrating in sculpture from the University of Delaware in 2018. She was the 2018-19 Curatorial Fellow at The Delaware Contemporary and has taught at Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, DE and West Chester University in West Chester, PA. For more information visit her website follow her on Instagram @therealkatetesta