BEFORE THE COYOTES COME:

Digital Album Booklet

     2018     

Full PDF booklet available exclusively on Bandcamp.
Each image reflects lyrics from its respective track.

 


Before the Coyotes Come | Album cover
Album Cover
"Clean the wound and cauterize the flesh;
Pray the soul will heal"
Before the Coyotes Come
Before the Coyotes Come
"They'll pick us off, one by one
They'll pick our bones clean when they come"
Aquamarine
Aquamarine
"And she will wave, then without warning
She will drag you under, darling
Cradle you in her aquamarine arms"

Formidable Foes
Formidable Foes
"There are things at play, child
Forces of Nature, and so it goes"


You Wanted In
You Wanted In
"A shame you lost your lucky sweater
Once knit for you by Sisters Three
All the loose threads gathered together
And scattered on the wind by Chickadee"

Nest of Bones
Nest of Bones
"Fly to your nest of bones
My Queen of Desolation
You are brooding your clutch of stillborns"


The Longest Way Down
The Longest Way Down
"And everyone wants to be the celestial body
But nobody wants to be the orbiting satellite"
The Bad Luck Girl
The Bad Luck Girl
"The floorboards are creaking and windowpanes rattling
Is it the wind come for the Bad Luck Girl?"


   A note about the animal specimens displayed on this website

Paper birds
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 the biography section, a lifelong wildlife advocate.

Any North American songbirds featured in her work are printed images—for example, the paper goldfinches and robins pictured to the left 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.