Today we’d like to introduce you to Cydney Camp.
Hi Cydney, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m a visual artist and creative entrepreneur based in Hamtramck, Michigan. I thrive on consuming and producing culture! From making music, drawings, short films, and photography, I’ve created things for as long as I can remember.
Art was a lifelong hobby until about 5 years ago when I began to study painting in earnest on my own. I earned my BA in political science from Michigan State, and I’m currently pursuing my MFA in Painting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I have encountered many obstacles along this path…and if I’m lucky, I will continue to face more as I grow! In the beginning, I faced the challenges that come with teaching yourself your craft, along with balancing my studio practice alongside my full-time job.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Lupus, which is an incurable autoimmune disorder. I now have to be extra mindful of how I use my energy each day, or I could make myself ill.
Grad school is an extremely challenging endeavor – personally, emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially.
In January, I transitioned from working as a full-time employee to working on select projects as a freelancer. This is my first time supporting myself as an entrepreneur, and it’s exhilarating and terrifying at the same time, all the time.
As I work through my more recent challenges, I’ve been getting comfortable with working at my own pace and embracing a slower rhythm to nurture higher-quality opportunities.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My practice in oil painting and drawing is founded on an investigation of the Black psyche and experience in America. I contextualize the Black figure in quotidian modern existence – carefully considering our agency in the face of a world that constantly demands labor, culture, and respectability from Black bodies, especially Black women.
I lovingly deconstruct the figure to explore these complexities of contemporary life, collaging scenes from my own experiences, and the lives of others, to depict Black, often femme, figures existing in familiar, yet alternative realities. My subjects continually come together and fall apart. Their multitude of identities and modes of being probe a nonlinear lived experience in real-time.
My abstract compositional strategies, use of collage, sensorial color palette, and impressionistic paint handling collectively result in dreamlike scenes that are grounded in realism but imbued with an otherworldly quality that examines the magic, beauty, and dissonance of our nuanced human experience.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Please email me at email@example.com, or follow me on Instagram @repunxel!