Columbus Museum of Art

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Selected Database

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Curator’s comments

After visiting Sapelo Island for the first time in 1983, Aminah created a group of figures representing the people she encountered on the island. Made of hogmawg and found objects, they depict men and women working, marketing, visiting their neighbors,and making baskets.

Artist’s comments

Sapelo is off the coast of Savannah and it takes twenty minutes to cross over on the Sapelo Ferry. In the early 1800s, it was owned by Thomas Spalding. He would go to the auction block in South Carolina, purchase a lot of slaves, and bring them back to Sapelo to work the cotton and sugar cane fields. It was an independent kind of community because the slaves ran it. They even took care of the books.

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