BREA SOUDERS' NEW PHOTOBOOK "ELEVEN YEARS" SPANS PHOTOGRAPHY'S ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

Stephen Frailey, Humble Arts Foundation, July 1, 2021

The artist’s first monograph brings together her wide ranging approach, process, and strategies to reimagine what a photograph can be, and what it might mean.

 

With the publication of Eleven Years by Saint Lucy Books, Brea Souders’ restless interrogation of the photographic medium and its materials is celebrated. Her inventiveness eschews  signature style thus risking what conventional wisdom casually dictates, and gives license to perform an inquiry without formula and reliance upon the habitual.  It is a methodology that foregrounds the thought process rather than the appearance, and siphons experience and observation into something unfamiliar.

The photographs cull from reservoirs of impermanence, illusion and shards of memory and grief, and engage the archive, map, the picture postcard; the fragment.  Her process is nomadic rather than sedentary, cultivating a renewed understanding of the artist’s task.

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