No. 15 | 10/2014


  • Skull/Bones
    Wild Boar skull and tusks
    North American Porcupine quills
    Yak bone bead
  • Feathers
    Ring-necked and Lady Amherst Pheasant
    Grey Junglefowl
  • Plant materials
    Pinecone scales
    Mountain Ash berries
    Red Maple and Ash leaves
    Straw ornaments
  • Minerals
    Baltic Amber


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.

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