Brea Souders

Artist Biography:

Brea Souders is an artist from Baltimore, Maryland and based in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including 25CPW Gallery, Abrons Arts Center, The Camera Club of New York and the Center for Photography at Woodstock in New York, the Hyères International Festival of Photography & Fashion, France, Camera16 Contemporary Art, Milan and the Singapore International Photography Festival. She has received a Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation fellowship at the Millay Colony of the Arts and a Women in Photography/LTI-Lightside Kodak materials grant. Souders’ work has been featured in New York Magazine, Vice, Dear Dave, Real Simple, Conveyor and Creative Review.


These works came about after the death of both of my parents within the span of one year. Also influenced by my studies in hypnosis and the unconscious, I weave the objects and fuzzy memories of my childhood together with representations of my present self. Objects that I’ve culled from my parents’ home and that have influenced me from childhood to the adult I am today – an African violet terrarium, giant shell and fossil collections, art and physics books, microscopic slides of human and insect body parts, family pictures and painting sets – come together to create works about my family, loss, memory and a shifting identity. The images are illuminated with a harsh confessional light, often rendering things more mysterious.

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