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Welcome to “Anakena: the Easter Island Project”

Anakena: the Easter Island Project is the culmination of an interdisciplinary artwork spanning seven 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…


Ritual at Ahu One Makihi

Body, Mind, Spirit at Ahu One Makihi

Body meets mind & spirit. Intellect meets appetite. Equanimity meets hormones. Naked pregnant body casts gestures at sunrise on Rapa Nui, aka Easter Island, & the visceral trumps the invisible. … READ MORE

“On My Belly” ~ a song

Recommended viewing size: the frame you see if you look at this whole danged post (if you’re on my homepage, click “READ MORE” to see the whole post). It’s not HD and it’s going to look kinda bleah if you try full-screen. Anyway…

I wrote “On My Belly” when I was six weeks pregnant, a song for the embryo inside. It grew, and I grew, and together my belly … READ MORE

The Red Lady Loop at Anakena Beach, Rapa Nui (samples from video art installation)

So this movement-ritual. Ritual-movement-performance-video. I performed it several times on Rapa Nui, and in this video you’ll see snippets of it. The series is based primarily on the Eurythmy vowel movements (not to be confused with something that rhymes with vowel movements).

Here you see samples from a looped video 30 minutes long. At the installation, it was one of seven videos … READ MORE

Digging the Vessel at Anakena Beach, Rapa Nui: The Easter Island Project

I was, at the time, 20 weeks pregnant, transformed into a vessel myself. Ceramics artist Sequoia Miller made this actual vessel for the project. Many people made all sorts of wonderful, intriguing objects and writings, and many of those “seeds” of creativity came with me to the island. But the vessel is the sole seed to be part of the ritual/performances I enacted and filmed at Anakena. It appears … READ MORE

Artist Talk PART ONE – Tiffany Lee Brown at Reed College

Artist Talk PART ONE – Tiffany Lee Brown at Reed College, June 2013, Portland, Oregon, with Stephanie Snyder, Director of the Cooley Gallery at Reed. Regarding “Anakena: the Easter Island Project,” in the Case Works series, fall 2012-fall 2013 in the Reed College Library. Supported in part by a grant from RACC, the Regional Arts and Culture Council. This interdisciplinary work involves participation, installation art, … READ MORE

“On My Belly” ~ a song for your listening pleasure

Listen to “On My Belly” on Soundcloud.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Eric Hausmann and I have created a soundtrack for the Easter Island Project that is over 80 hours long. It’s all original and based on raw improvisation. Today’s track, “On My Belly,” happens to have vocals and lyrics but few of ‘em do. I improvised it standing in front of my computer with its … READ MORE

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Join me for a reception, installation, & conversation June 15

Tiffany Lee Brown
“Anakena: The Easter Island Project”
Reception & one-day-only video installation
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Reed College library / Cooley Gallery lobby
1-4 pm with discussion at 3 pm inside library
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard in Portland

(Caseworks exhibition ongoing in the library throughout the summer; Tiffany will update and change the artwork in the cases every couple weeks.)

“Anakena: the Easter Island … READ MORE

seeds of easter island: video

For larger version of video, click “read more.” ……… So in the Easter Island Project’s first three years of existence, people came to gatherings and installations I put together, and they made things for the project, which was very kind of them………. They brought or made little sculptures, crafts, and found objects. They wrote on multicolored paper flags I’d Gocco-printed on. Some of these “seeds” of creativity weren’t tangible; people made performances, music, rituals, and dances………. I made a video in Portland starring the tangible seeds, starting with a rock collage reading “ALASKA” that Christina Seely mailed me and including an original artwork that PJ Blanchard tattooed on my hip. … READ MORE


Tiffany & Eric perform at Dark Arts Fest in Astoria today…

Eric Hausmann & I will play late afternoon at Fort George Brewery, in the big brewery building with the Dark Arts Gallery. (Not in the pub.) We’re part of a lovely lineup featuring B’ee/In Gowan Ring/Birch Bark, Sun & Moon Ensemble, Soriah, John Berendzen, and more. Derek Ecklund curates and also performs as Sun & Moon Ensemble.

Meanwhile, everything from tattoos to Tarot to beer will be going on. 47 … READ MORE