JOYRIDING THROUGH THE UNDERWORLD


The Curated Works of Vanessa Laurin



ABOUT THE ARTIST


  • Vanessa Laurin is a wearer of many hats, both proverbial and fashionable, based near Ottawa, Canada. She was born on a Royal Canadian Air Force base in 1980, to a German mother and French-Canadian father, and began making strange noises, befriending animals and plants, and conjuring bizarre things shortly thereafter. Photographic evidence exists of her, as a small child, running with scissors.

    Her deep connection to the natural world is reflected in her many creative outlets, which also serve to fund her wildlife advocacy work. She is a patron of several wild bird rescue and conservation organizations, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birds Canada, Destined to Fly: Native Ontario Baby Songbird Care, Swift Care Ontario, and Safe Wings Ottawa, and a financial backer of initiatives, such as The Messenger documentary. She is the former co-director of Wildlife Rescue Nests (2014-2019), a charitable foundation that provides assistance to wildlife rehabilitators worldwide.

    This website mainly serves as an archive for Vanessa's professional musical and photographic works; follow her on Instagram for her other, and seemingly neverending, flights of fancy.



NOTES ON SKULL COLLECTING

Although Vanessa's work focusses heavily on the endless cycle of of life, death and rebirth, being a lifelong pagan and wildlife advocate, no living creatures have ever been harmed for the sake of her art. All skulls, feathers, taxidermy and other specimens in her collection are treated with the utmost reverence. They are non-CITES, non-SARA and non-MBCA species, and were ethically and sustainably obtained through reputable, cruelty-free and trusted sources. Any songbirds featured in her work are cardboard printouts.

Conservation and awareness are crucial to preserving wildlife and wild places; therefore, if Vanessa's work has inspired you to begin your own collection, it is your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country or location of residence. For example, in North America, it is illegal for the general public to possess live native songbirds, corvids or raptors, or their remains (taxidermy, bones, skulls or feathers).

CONTACT INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: Vanessa does not read or respond to sales-pitch emails or private messages on social media. She is not available for commissioned work, concert bookings or studio sessions at this time. hello@vanessalaurin.com.

For inquiries about the shop, write to shop@vanessalaurin.com.

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