No. 25 | 11/2015

UNDERGROWTH



  • Skull/Bones
    Taxidermied Ruffed grouse
    White-tailed deer vertebra
  • Feathers
    Rooster
  • 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.

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.

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