American Crow skull (resin replica)
Yak bone bead
Jewel Beetle elytra
Peacock (naturally molted body, shell, wing, sword and eye feathers)
This is the only piece in this series that was not disassembled after the photoshoot.
ABOUT THIS SERIES
This monthly self-portrait series pays tribute to the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. The pieces are ephemeral in that they, like their components, only exist for a short period of time; each piece is assembled using mostly non-permanent materials*, photographed, then disassembled. Vanessa works exclusively with ethically sourced, cruelty-free and non-CITES animal parts. NO animals were killed or harmed for the sake of making art.
These headpieces are not for sale.
*Each headpiece is built on a solid base; feathers and quills are inserted into foam blocks and secured with pins and medical tape. Skulls are held in place with rope and wire. No glue is used.