Taxidermied Ruffed grouse
White-tailed deer vertebra
- Plant Material
Evening Primrose stems and seed heads
Coneflower seed head
Maple branches, leaves and keys
Scots Pine 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.
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.