GOOD Pictures: Brea Souders Investigates Her Roots

Photographs exploring Souders' childhood home and her mixed European ancestry.

GOOD Pictures features work by a new photographer each week, with a focus on up-and-coming artists. It is curated by Stephanie Gonot and Jennifer Mizgata .

The enigmatic images above are from two sets of photographs by Brooklyn-based photographer Brea Souders . The first set, simply titled New Work , is a series of images she made using various objects from her parents' home. The second, Counterforms , is Brea's investigation into her mixed European ancestry. Curators Ariel Shanberg and Akemi Hiatt described Brea's work beautifully:

Using fabric, mirrors, magazine cutouts, and fragmented representations of her own body, Souders composes surreal and dreamlike scenes which oscillate between flatness and illusionary depth. In her efforts to establish a legitimate connection with her personal ancestry, she both utilizes and contradicts the photographs traditional role in preserving memory and connecting lineage. The result is a seductive, yet unyielding surface.


The two sets of images are displayed on Brea's website, but I have blended them together in to showcase the graphic quality of her work. Visit her site for more alluring images.