Emma's work consists of multiple parts using different glass techniques combined with other mediums, drawings, found manipulated objects, and video. She creates installations and discrete works that deal with personal experience, psychological and symbolic content. Emma Salamon was born in France where she spent her early childhood, then moved to New York, Italy, and Argentina. She came to the States for college and received her B.F.A. from The University of the Arts where she was introduced to glass, and M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. Emma was recently teaching glass at Tyler School of Art and is the Assistant of Glass Director at The National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. She has shown around the Philadelphia area, and is a co-founder and active member of the artist collective The Burnt Asphalt Family. She has been featured in the New Glass Review,33, 2012, and 37, 2016, as well as Laura Donefer's book "Glass Fashion Extravaganza". You can view more of her work on her website at emmasalamon.com
Amanda Grace Finkel
Amanda Grace Finkel received her BFA in Photography from Ohio University and her MFA in Visual Art from Columbus College of Art and Design.
She is a fine artist who utilizes the medium of photography and collage to push the bounds of the photographic object, the way women are portrayed in imagery, and the way we look at and consume images.
Homeroom: Self Titled
Homeroom is an emergent Philadelphia collective. Started in 2016 as crit group by alumni from Tyler, PAFA and several other regional schools, the group has begun to branch out into new endeavors including creating curatorial and exhibition opportunities. The group meets often to act as an all around creative network and community for one another, while maintaining its roots of promoting growth in one another's work through critique groups.
Sarah Trad is a video artist whose work explores the relationship between subjective and objective emotionality, navigating daily life and relationships while faced with mental illness, and breaking down stereotypes of gender and narrative. The living embodiment of the correlation between chronic depression and binge-watching practices, her work consists of appropriating and manipulating found footage from movies, music videos and television. In addition to found footage, she likes to incorporate text and performance to create recognizable narrative structures that can be viewed in and outside the academy of art, as well as comment on the individual’s relationship to pop culture.
After graduating with a B.F.A. in Art Film from Syracuse University, Sarah continued to stay in Syracuse and make several works as a recipient of Syracuse University’s Engagement Fellowship. Sarah studied Film at the Film and Television School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She also worked at the ICA/Boston, researching how to preserve new media art in the museum’s newly created Private Collection. Sarah’s work has been shown at The Warehouse Gallery (Syracuse, NY), Gravy Studio and Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) and the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY). Sarah is a member of the artist run collective and gallery, Little Berlin, where she has initiated curatorial exchanges with other collectives in New Orleans and Ottawa. Sarah currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
In sickness and in health (but mostly, just in sickness) explores the difficulties of seeking companionship while faced with mental illness, codependent tendencies and metaphysical crisis. The title, partly taken from traditional marriage vows, highlights the optimistic decision to bond while many of the works represent realistic, minute and awkward attempts to connect. The video projections included in the exhibition are part of a decade long series of the artist’s, which explores the disjunction between subjective and objective realities. The projections previously included single characters rotoscoped (cut out) from various films depicting moments where the figures exuded a brief but profound moment of existential displacement, unknown to anyone but themselves. For these new works, created from 2017-2018, couples were rotoscoped to display such isolation in a different way. When plagued with anxieties and disorders, efforts to escape and find the subjective “truths” of others can result in the loss of one’s own identity. These moments are unnoticed but brave ventures to form communities at the risk of vulnerability and loss. In sickness hopes to display that in spite of personal struggle, there is still the audacity of caring.