Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson has created over 20,000 works, including
cloth paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, book illustrations,
and quilts. Her work is based on extensive research, oral history,
and first-hand observation, but all of it is primarily concerned
with documenting the lives and history of her family, friends, and
community. Robinson often works for many years on a fabric piece,
incorporating buttons, shells, twigs, and fabric to create richly
textured works that weave a memory into a colorful and grand collage.
Her work is in the collections of, among others, the Columbus Museum
of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
work is about people, historical data, traditions, lost communities.
For me, there is no distinction between life and art. The button
work is the core. It is important because of long traditions in
my family, especially from my mother. These traditions are still
being passed on today, not only through me but through the younger
generation. It takes time to produce work. It takes everything you
have because it takes your life to leave something for those who
are coming after.