Johnathan Payne the first artist-in-home at Aminah Robinson’s house

A 30-12 months-outdated African American artist from Memphis, Tennessee, is residing and doing the job in the tiny East Columbus dwelling in which another artist established thousands of works of artwork.

The smooth-spoken Johnathan Payne is the initial Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Artist-in-Home, expending 3 months this summer season in the renovated Sunbury Street house of the late Columbus artist. He makes his meals and from time to time bakes a pound cake in the kitchen area whose cabinets are adorned with daring black-and-white portraits painted by Robinson. He’s positioned his houseplants in the window of the sunroom. And every single day, he is effective on his art in the studio that was added to the house when Robinson received a MacArthur “genius” grant.

When Payne goes to work in that room, he walks underneath a indicator more than the doorway painted by Robinson that reads “Aminah’s Sanctuary.”

Johnathan Payne outside Robinson's home

Payne’s residency, originally established for the summer months of 2020, was delayed a 12 months since of the COVID-19 pandemic. When he utilized for the residency, he was unfamiliar with Robinson’s get the job done — multimedia items that celebrate her African American heritage and integrate uncovered resources, buttons, audio packing containers and much more. Payne immediately set about finding out about Robinson’s operate.

“I was struck by the materiality of her items and the vary of her follow — drawing, paintings, and the RagGonGons,” the blended-media items Robinson was frequently adding on to, he said. “I was blown absent by her operate and surprised that I hadn’t listened to of her just before, primarily at this instant when there’s a ton of attention becoming compensated to up to date Black artists.”

Payne, who describes himself as a Southern, African American queer artist, was picked for the residency by a team of eight national art specialists, including artist Faith Ringgold and Carole Genshaft, curator-at-significant at the Columbus Museum of Art and an qualified on Robinson’s do the job.

Johnathan Payne

Payne’s application stood out, Genshaft claimed.

“He felt this partnership with Aminah and her spirit and his perform seemed seriously fascinating,” she mentioned.

Payne was born in Houston and with his family lived in a variety of other spots like New Orleans, Colorado Springs, Scottsdale, Arizona, Memphis and briefly, Westerville, where he attended kindergarten at McVay Elementary School. Currently his mother and father and most of his siblings dwell in Montgomery, Alabama, while Payne considers home to be Memphis exactly where he graduated from Rhodes College. His grasp of good arts degree in portray and printmaking is from the Yale Faculty of Art in Connecticut.

He has labored as a facilitator and youth applications leader for the BRIDGES plan in Memphis and gained an artist residency from Crosstown Arts, also in Memphis. He came to Columbus from Iowa City exactly where he was at do the job in a different artist residency.

Johnathan Payne, artist-in-residence at Aminah Robinson's home.

In Columbus, he is continuing his work with geometric abstraction and fiber sculpture. He generates lattices of shredded paper and gesso that are assembled in quilt-like constructions. A New York Instances evaluate of his perform described his pieces “crisscrossing like girders on a bridge … suggesting a variety of architectural lace. They lavishly complicate the grid that is the foundation both of those of classical modernism and weaving.”