• VANESSA LAURIN: Joyriding Through the Underworld


Before contacting Vanessa, please note that...

  • She does not read or respond to private messages on social media.
  • She is not interested in sales pitches about how your company can optimize her website ranking or give her seventy billion instagram followers.
  • She does not take commissions for photography or artwork, including headpieces.
  • She is not available for concert bookings or studio sessions, and she most definitely will not play cello at your cousin's wedding or whatever.
  • She does not take kindly to having her time wasted.

For serious business inquiries, please write to vee@vanessalaurin.com.


Vanessa's work focusses heavily on the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. As 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 sourced through reputable, cruelty-free and trusted sources.

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's your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country of residence. For example, in North America, it’s illegal to possess live native songbirds/raptors or their remains (taxidermy, bones, skulls or feathers) unless you're a legally licensed wild bird handler or veterinarian. Please, just leave that dead sparrow for the carrion eaters.

Further reading
Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)
Canadian species at risk and the Species at Risk Act (SARA)
Migratory birds in Canada and the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA)
Directory of Canadian wildlife, plants and species

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