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Susannah Benjamin, 18-Year-Old Artist, Creates 'Self-Discovery' Portraits With Maps (PHOTOS)

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Generation Y has been labeled "The Lost Generation," a description that finds artistic expression in the work of 18-year-old Yale art student Susannah Benjamin.

Benjamin's "Self-Discovery" series, which depicts a flaxen-haired young woman sleeping wrapped up in a bundle of road maps, is a literal interpretation of the feeling of being lost and discovering oneself. Click through the slideshow below to view a selection of the photographs, and head over to Susannah's Flickr page for more of her work.

"I have an incredible love for art and traveling and I have a hunger to explore every corner of the world, all the while telling stories about it," Susannah says in an email to the Huffington Post. "Most of my work explores the psychology of teen girls, so I thought this desire to explore the world also paralleled the huge amount of self-reflection and exploration that goes on within oneself as we search for our own identities. In some of the photos, the model is curled up in thought, whereas in others she has her hands outstretched like a compass needle, because there are moments when we are sure of who we are and where we are going, but there are many moments when we are lost and directionless."

For more incredible portraits by teen photographers, check out 18-year-old Brendon Burton's hauntingly beautiful self-portraits created each day of the year as part of his "365 Project" and Spanish photographer Christina Otero's whimsical self-portraits with fruit.

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