TOOTH AND BONE

     2019 | Ongoing | Patreon-funded     

I fashioned the tools by my own hand
Of cunningly scavenged tooth and bone
And found a lion waiting, aye

Tooth and Bone
(Razor Blade Spine, 2007)




An experiment in musical necromancy, in which old words are called upon to revive the long-dead.
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Series 1 | August 2019

Carcasses and Casualties
(All Is Well That Ends, 2010)

- 1 -
August brings naught but fresh sorrows

- 2 -
How I would rest my weary head

- 3 -
Bleary-eyed, I stumble lightly
Through the carcasses and casualties




Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 1


Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 2


Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 3




Series 2 | September 2019

Beautiful Lorelei
(Lorelei, 2004)

- 1 -
Beautiful Lorelei, have you seen the headlines?
They say that we’ve poisoned the water supply


- 2 -
A shipwreck on the coast, the birds tarred and feathered
It’s touch and go, all scales, all fins blackened and lost


- 3 -
And I’m kicking against the waves
Like that dream where you’re lost at sea
And you don’t wake up in time




Tooth and Bone: Series 2, Part 1


Tooth and Bone: Series 2, Part 2


Tooth and Bone: Series 2, Part 3




Series 3 | October 2019

Wolves Be Warned
(Waiting for Rabbit, 2002)

- ☆ -
I am no Rotkäppchen
But I doubt you would catch me
If ever you tried or if you even dared
I’m sorry, but I have no grandmother
With whom I might visit or even break bread
In this neck of the woods

Pencil me in for a shot at a blessing
Bear one thing in mind: I’ve no wish to be saved




Tooth and Bone: Series 3, Part 1


Tooth and Bone: Series 3, Part 2


Tooth and Bone: Series 3, Part 3




Series 4 | November 2019

Noctua
(Swallowed by the Sea, 2012)

- ☆ -
When the last days of autumn roll around
When the last days of autumn roll around
When the robins forage but few mouthfuls are to be had
Will they know by these hollow bones
That a little owl once sat
Proud in the heavens here?




Tooth and Bone: Series 4, Part 1


Tooth and Bone: Series 4, Part 2


Tooth and Bone: Series 4, Part 3




Series 5 | December 2019

By the Shore
(Swallowed by the Sea, 2012)

- ☆ -
My dear, let's build a home here
With our hands, we'll till the earth
We'll need no map or compass
No man will find us here
No man will dare come near
But we will skin the wolves that trespass
And we'll rest easier with our bellies full of light




Tooth and Bone: Series 5, Part 1


Tooth and Bone: Series 5, Part 2


Tooth and Bone: Series 5, Part 3


Paper birds


A note about the animal specimens displayed on this website

Vanessa works exclusively with ethically sourced skulls, feathers and other specimens obtained via private collectors and reputable sources, as well as cruelty-free, non-animal-tested cosmetics. No living creatures are ever harmed for the sake of her art. In fact, she's a vegetarian, and, as noted in her biography, a lifelong wildlife advocate.

Any North American songbirds featured in her work are printed images—for example, the paper goldfinches and robins pictured here can be found in a number of her portraits. In North America, it’s illegal to possess live native songbirds/raptors or their remains (taxidermy, bones or even feathers) unless one is a legally licensed wildbird handler or care provider.

All bones and other specimens in Vanessa's collection are ethically sourced, cruelty-free and non-CITES species, and were obtained through reputable and trusted sources. She does not own/collect specimens protected under international conventions or North American laws, nor should any enthusiast. If her work has inspired you to collect skulls or animal parts, it's your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country of residence. Conservation and awareness are crucial to preserving wildlife and wild places.