Cydney Camp (b. 1994, Detroit) is an artist whose oil paintings and drawings investigate the Black psyche and experience in America.
She lovingly deconstructs the figure to explore these complexities of contemporary life to depict Black, often femme, subjects existing in familiar, yet alternative realities. Her subjects continually come together and fall apart. Their multitude of identities and modes of being probe a nonlinear lived experience in real time. Distorted perspectives, abstract compositional strategies, and a sensorial color palette forms dreamlike scenes that suggest an experience outside the exploitative extraction of the Black body that pervades our broader cultural ethos.
Camp is currently earning her MFA in Painting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (2023, expected).
Detail of Tiny Dancer, 2022
Oil paint on canvas
60h x 48w in
“My work explores themes of identity, particularly within the Black community—Black women especially. I think it’s important to highlight us and the diversity of our everyday lives through this medium of oil paint which historically is something that has never allowed space for Black people or people of color.”
— Cydney Camp