Rulon was inspired to create art about the American Dream during a 2011 artist retreat in Costa Rica. He fell ill and received emergency medical care from a Costa Rica clinic (publicly funded universal healthcare system). The emergency care cost him the equivalent of $20 USD. Meanwhile back home in Seattle, one of Rulon’s family members was skipping doses of the medication that kept her Multiple Sclerosis in remission because insurance companies rationed her life-saving prescription drugs (non-universal, exclusive, private system funded by public and private funds).

RESTLESS is the open catalogue of Rulon Brown’s work inspired by The American Dream. It began with music and now includes film, jewelry, community art, and interactive art installations.


Excerpt of multi-media artwork about the Sammamish River, a former water highway that today flows quiet under interstate overpasses. The music layers sound and images taken from under the waters and around the Sammamish River. Shared via mobile app, walking tour of river nature and history, free community concert, and a secret live show along the river bank. Made possible by a grant from 4Culture.