The Columbus Museum of Art is currently displaying a series of twenty rag paintings by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. She uses fabric, needlepoint, paint, ink, charcoal, clay and found objects in her work which is layered in meaning. She reflects on themes of family and ancestry, on the grandeur of simple objects and everyday tasks. One of her collages recreates the stories her Uncle Alvin told her as she was growing up. It documents the community that bordered the Scioto River in downtown Columbus before the 1913 flood, a time when my own father lived in the Hilltop area. Robinson is a creative genius, a worthy recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Grant.

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