This (almost) monthly self-portrait series paid tribute to the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth, and was loosely inpired by the pagan costuming and rituals of my Germanic ancestors. My headpieces were ephemeral in that they, like their components, only existed for a short period of time; each piece was assembled using mostly non-permanent materials*, photographed, then disassembled and returned to my cabinet of curiosities.
*Each headpiece was built on a solid base; feathers and quills were inserted into foam blocks and secured with pins and medical tape. Skulls were held in place with rope and wire. No glue was used.
All specimens in my collection are ethically sourced, cruelty-free and non-CITES, and were obtained through reputable and trusted sources. NO animals are killed or harmed for the sake of my art. (See further info at the bottom of this page.)
Selected prints are available through my online shop and all proceeds go towards the Wildlife Rescue Nests Songbird Program.
Feathers: Lady Amherst Pheasant, Duck, Rooster.
Plant Materials: Silver-leaf lavender, Mugwort, Straw ornaments.
Plant Materials: Crocosmia 'lucifer' seed pods, Green-headed Coneflower seed heads, Silver Maple leaves, Morning Glory vines.
Feathers: Peacock, Duck.
Plant Materials: Dried corn husks, Ornamental grass fronds, Assorted dried flowers
Plant Materials: Dried ornamental grasses, Dried evening primrose stalks, Lilac seed pods, Goldenrod, Silver-leaf lavender, Fleabane, Bittersweet nightshade vines.
Feathers: Guinea Fowl, Assorted Pheasant and Goose.
Plant Materials: Spruce branch, Baby's breath.
Feathers: Goose, Peacock.
Plant Materials: Lilac, Dandelion, Wild mustard, Wild strawberry blossoms.
Feathers: Peacock, Rooster, Duck, Ostrich.
Plant Materials: Lilac branches/buds, Baby's breath, Dried thyme flowers.
Feathers: Assorted Rooster/Hen, Assorted Pheasant
Feathers: White-thighed Hornbill, Silver Pheasant, Peacock, Goose, Assorted Rooster/Hen.
Feathers: Assorted Pheasant, Rooster, Goose, Duck.
Feathers: Ostrich, Rooster, Goose, Duck.
Plant Material: Grass fronts, Dried flowers.
Plant Material: Milkweed pods, Fall Aster, Goldenrod, Evening Primrose stems and seed heads, Sow Thistle, Coneflower seed head, Maple branches, leaves and keys, Acorns, Scots Pine cones, Spruce cones, Braided garlic greens.
*The Milkweed used in this piece was later inserted into glass globe ornaments sold as a fundraiser for Swift Care Ontario.
Feathers: Rooster, Goose.
Plant Material: Datura plants.
Plant Material: Assorted wildflowers and vines, Mountain Ash berries.
Feathers: Wild Turkey wings, Ruffed Grouse tail, Goose biots, Assorted Rooster/Hen.
Plant Material: Ornamental grass fronds, Strawflowers, Painted twigs.
Feathers: Assorted Rooster/Hen.
Plant Material: Echinacea seed head.
Feathers: Assorted Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Assorted Rooster/Hen.
Plant Material: Staghorn Sumac.
Feathers: Lady Amherst Pheasant, Assorted Rooster/Hen, Goose.
Plant Material: Heuchera branches.
Feathers: Ruffed Grouse, Ring-necked Pheasant.
Plant Material: Blue Spruce branches, Cedar bark, Scots Pine cones, Assorted dried plant pods.
Plant Material: Ornamental grass seed fronds, Dried Chrysanthemum flowers, White Spruce cones Painted Lilac branches.
Feathers: Peacock, Ostrich, Goose, Rooster.
Feathers: Ring-necked and Lady Amherst Pheasant, Grey Junglefowl, Goose.
Plant materials: Pinecone scales, Mountain Ash berries, Acorns, Red Maple and Ash leaves, Straw ornaments
Minerals: Baltic Amber, Agate.
Feathers: Rooster, Goose.
Plant materials: Dried Heuchera branches, Crocosmia 'emily mckenzie' seed pods, Rudbeckia laciniata and Echinacea purpurea seed heads, Dried Verbena, Lavandula and Xeranthemum flowers.
Feathers: Ring-neck Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, Peacock, Rooster.
Plant materials: Zebra grass, Crocosmia 'lucifer' seed pods, Spanish moss Dyed seeds.
Feathers: Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, White Peafowl, Goose, Rooster.
Feathers: Rooster, Goose, Silver Pheasant, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Guineafowl, Ostrich.
Feathers: Lady Amherst Pheasant, Ring-necked Pheasant, Turkey.
Plant materials: Blue Spruce branches, Dried Roses and Hibiscus seed pods, Celosia flowers, Strawflowers.
Feathers: Peacock (naturally molted body, shell, wing, sword and eye feathers), Turkey.
*This is the only piece in this series that was not disassembled after the photoshoot.
Feathers: White-thighed Hornbill, Rooster,
This piece is dedicated to my mother, a fierce warrior-woman, in her second battle against breast cancer.
Feathers: Lady Amherst Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, Rooster.
Feathers: Rooster, Ruffed Grouse:
Plant materials: Tree bark.
Feathers: Turkey, Silver Pheasant.
Plant materials: Lilac seed pods, Sweet Pea vines.
Feathers: Turkey, Wild Turkey, Guineafowl, Rooster.
Plant materials: Tree bark.
Feathers: Golden Pheasant, Rooster.
Plant materials: Lilac seed pods, Morning Glory vines.
Feathers: Golden Pheasant, Rooster, Guineafowl, Plant materials, Painted branches, Turkey-tail mushroom.
IMPORTANT: If my work has inspired to you collect animal parts, please consult the following links before doing so. Wildlife conservation is extremely important to me, and I do not own/collect specimens protected under international conventions or North American laws, nor should any enthusiast.