Aminah Robinson was an African-American artist born in Columbus, Ohio. She was taught at an early age how to draw, sew, and weave by her parents. Robinson knew that she wanted to become an artist when she was very young. She created works from various media, including paintings on cloth, rag paintings, and “hogmawg,” which is a mixture of clay, mud, leaves, glue, animal grease, lime, leaves, and twigs. Many of her works are about her family and community. She also depicted musicians, writers, civil rights leaders, and abolitionists in her art. The philosophy behind her works is based on the African idea of Sankofa, understanding the past in order to move forward. She is well-known for the RagGonNon, a work of art that is usually on cloth and embellished with found objects such as beads and buttons.
Button Beaded RagGonNon Music Box Pop-Up Book: cloth, thread, buttons, beads, paper, paint, graphite and music boxes,
55 x 155 inches