Cydnie KingCURATORIAL ASSISTANTEmail Cydnie L. King was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and now lives in Fairborn, Ohio. Cydnie earned a Bachelor of Arts with Emphasis in Studio Art degree at Webster University in 2012 and took part in The Contemporary Dayton’s ArtSource Fellows Workshop in 2018. She teaches art for Manuel Creative Arts Academy and has worked with The Contemporary Dayton since 2014. Cydnie is also an exhibiting artist. She is part of the Women Strong Art Group/Exhibition and has had solo and group shows throughout Missouri and Ohio. Her main body of work explores the connection between humanity and nature by depicting figures melding into botanicals. She draws inspiration from her parents’ love of flowers and wildlife that they also instilled in her, despite living in a city. It reminded her of how nature is always around and that no one is immune to its forces. She uses bright, vivid colors to illustrate how inseparable humans are from the nature around us, no matter how hard we try. She mainly works with inks, soft pastels, color pencils and charcoals because she likes the fluidity of each medium together and the saturation of colors that help emphasize the power of the images she creates.