White-tailed Deer antlers (naturally shed)
Moose antler points
Coyote mandible (resin replica)
Yak bone bead
- Plant materials
Dried Heuchera branches
Crocosmia 'emily mckenzie' seed pods
Rudbeckia laciniata and Echinacea purpurea seed heads
Lavandula and Xeranthemum flowers
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.