Brea Souders, "Sunburn in Naples", 2010, from the series "Counterforms", digital C-print, 20x16"

Brea Souders, “Sunburn in Naples”, 2010, from the series “Counterforms”, digital C-print, 20×16″

Brea Souders

Saturated color, luminosity and design elements feature prominently in my work, creating images which reflect my research of religion, art history, identity, location, and my desire to connect all the pieces together into one unified whole. I work with models and materials such as plants, mirrors, fabric, paint, magazine and book cut-outs with the goal to create images that are visually as well as psychologically compelling.

As an American with mixed bloodlines, I explore the many places in Europe where I have ancestry and their influence on me as an artist and a person. The image “Sunburn in Naples” encapsulated my feelings – a desire to own my Italian ancestral roots, to be wholly a part of something, but an inability to do so. The Neapolitan sun burned the Irish skin that I inherited from my father’s father. The project developed further in France with the experience of living as a foreigner in a place where my ancestors are from. The images attend to my own interaction with the French landscape and with objects that I found along the way, speaking to sudden feelings of freedom, curiosity and transformation, and to a world that became larger, less static and more confounding.

Brea Souders (NYC) has earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Her work has been featured in select solo exhibitions at Clic Gallery (New York, NY), Villa Noailles (Hyeres, France), and AWA Gallery (Amsterdam, Netherlands), among others. Publications such as Vice, Mossless, and Conveyor have featured her work. In 2010 she received the Jean & Louis Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship from Millay Colony for the Arts and in 2011 she won a Kodak Materials Grant from Women in Photography/LTI-Lightside. She was also the recipient of an award from the Hyeres Festival de Photographie (France) in 2012.