Columbus Museum of Art

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Selected Database

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Curator’s comments

In the summer of 1996, Aminah agreed to illustrate To Be A Drum, a children's book by Atlanta author Evelyn Coleman for the publishers, Albert Whitman & Company. The broad historical sweep of the book touched on Africa, the Middle Passage, slavery, civil rights, African-American soldiers, inventors, artists, and teachers and their students. Aminah created richly textured illustrations by incorporating paint, cloth, and found objects. She calls this type of work "rag painting." She researched each subject the author wrote about and included historic figures and events that are not mentioned in the text but that add an important dimension to the book

Artist’s comments

Dancing was one way to unite and celebrate the spirit in each other during those brutal hardships of slavery. Some of the rag used in the painting are from my mother's old clothes.

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