QUEENS OF DESOLATION

     2019 | Ongoing     

"fly to your nest of bones
my queen of desolation
you are brooding your clutch of stillborns"

Nest of Bones
(Before the Coyotes Come, 2018)



A series of audiences with the Queens of Desolation, one of whom we first encountered on Before the Coyotes Come.

This labour-intensive series uses small-scale sets, painted backdrops, a myriad of props and practical SFX.
The objective is to conjure 13 Queens; Become a Patron to fund future installments and help speed up the process.

 




Queen 1

QUEENS OF DESOLATION | 1


Queen 2

QUEENS OF DESOLATION | 2


Queen 3

QUEENS OF DESOLATION | 3


Queen 4

QUEENS OF DESOLATION | 4

 



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.