Tiffany Lee Brown
“Anakena: The Easter Island Project”
Reception & one-day-only video installation
Note new date: Saturday, June 15
“Anakena: the Easter Island Project” is the culmination of an interdisciplinary artwork spanning five years, seven cities, and the island of Rapa Nui. It explores the human urge to create and procreate, and our potential to transform through art, collaboration, and ritual.
For one afternoon only, a multimedia installation will accompany Tiffany’s ongoing Caseworks piece. The event takes place 1-4 pm on Saturday, June 15 in the lobby shared by the Reed College library and the Cooley Gallery. Join Cooley director Stephanie Snyder in conversation with Tiffany at 3 pm. The event accompanies a Caseworks exhibition, ongoing inside library throughout summer 2013, with new elements added every few weeks.
Central to the work is participation. Audiences and readers created small sculptures, poems, dances, and even a tattoo for the project. Tiffany has integrated them into art gatherings, rituals, and a zine; many of these objects, called “seeds of creativity,” are growing and evolving in the Caseworks installation, which Tiffany will make changes to throughout the summer. Selections from the Easter Island Project’s 80-hour-long soundtrack, a collaboration with Eric Hausmann, will also be featured at the reception.
Reception & Video Installation
Tiffany Lee Brown: “Anakena – The Easter Island Project”
Saturday, June 15, 2013
1-4 pm; conversation at 3 pm
Lobby of Reed College library & Cooley Gallery
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard in Portland
Map and detailed directions here.
Tiffany’s Caseworks exhibition ongoing in the library throughout the summer. ”Anakena…” is supported in part by RACC, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Viator Travel’s “travelblog” website, and New Oregon Arts & Letters.
The artist’s story:
First I was a happily childfree woman. Next, a happy stepmom. Then I was walloped by the biological clock, a surprise attack that plunged me into deep grief and existential meltdown. Questioning my life path and belief in the sanctity of art and creativity, I invited audiences in the Northwest, New York, at the Burning Man festival, and elsewhere to join me in exploring what it means to create. The “seeds” of creativity they made—tiny sculptures, writings, dances captured on video—are the true stars of “my” project.
A slow, arduous change occurred as I integrated the participants’ creations into the work and the generative urge into my life. Eventually I reached Rapa Nui transformed and very pregnant. A suitcase of “seeds” came with me.
“Anakena: the Easter Island Project” documents the transformative process and shows the “seeds” themselves. I’ll be changing the installation at Caseworks every few weeks and telling the story online. The project’s 80-hour-long soundtrack, improvised in collaboration with Eric Hausmann, will also be available free online. I hope “Anakena…” furthers the cultural conversation about childlessness and parenting in our culture, the human urge to create, and the ability of art to make meaning.Performative ritual by the artist at Ahu One Makihi, Rapa Nui, 2010. Photo copyright (c) 2013. Creative Commons Non-Commercial Use license if the following credit is used: “Tiffany Lee Brown, magdalen.com, The Easter Island Project.”