Artist Tiffany Lawson shows a piece of her collection titled “Nickel Bags of Funk.”

From humble products this kind of as brown paper luggage, plastic onion sacks, pillow stuffing, twigs and newspaper and magazine clippings, Tiffany Lawson produces collage is effective that tell tales.

1 piece pays homage to the south Columbus neighborhood exactly where she grew up. One retells the Exodus tale. And another pays tribute to her mom as perfectly as a dozen other solid women.

All are on see in “Contemporary Colored: Paintings, Combined Media Art and Assemblages,” Lawson’s solo show of 28 functions at Ohio Condition University’s Faculty  Club. The show is curated by Art Coordinator Lisa Craig Morton, who has been subsequent the younger artist’s performs for about 10 a long time.

By day, Lawson performs as a judicial assistant in the Franklin County Municipal Court but at night time in her East Aspect property, the self-taught 39-calendar year-outdated makes art.

When she was a baby, Lawson’s mom ran an artwork method for children at the Ohio Avenue United Methodist Church, bringing in African American artists these types of as Aminah Robinson, Queen Brooks, Richard Duarte Brown and Gilda Edwards — all of whom, Lawson claimed, motivated her.

“Around the Way, USA”  by Tiffany Lawson

The same sort of shade, vibrancy and storytelling attributes that are distinguished in the operates of people artists can be viewed in Lawson’s parts, especially her huge, three-panel collage, “Around the Way, United states.” This lively road scene captures the community the place she grew up with a assortment of elements — journal clippings, doll fabrics, tree twigs, acrylic paint and a foundation of brown paper bags whose handles can be witnessed at just about every stop.

By Indana