36. ELEGY
No. 36 | 10/2016
ELEGY
35. FADING
No. 35 | 09/2016
FADING
34. SPLINTERED
No. 34 | 08/2016
SPLINTERED
33. BITTERSWEET
No. 33 | 07/2016
BITTERSWEET
32. SENTINEL
No. 32 | 07/2016
SENTINEL
31. BLOOM
No. 31 | 05/2016
BLOOM
30. HATCHED
No. 30 | 04/2016
HATCHED
29. RADIANT
No. 29 | 03/2016
RADIANT
28. SOAR
No. 28 | 02/2016
SOAR
27. DUSK
No. 27 | 01/2016
DUSK
26. FROST
No. 26 | 12/2015
FROST
25. UNDERGROWTH
No. 25 | 11/2015
UNDERGROWTH
24. NOCTURNE
No. 24 | 10/2015
NOCTURNE
23. WANDERER
No. 23 | 08/2015
WANDERER
22. DEVOUR
No. 22 | 06/2015
DEVOUR
21. HARPY
No. 21 | 04/2015
HARPY
20. ROAR
No. 20 | 03/2015
ROAR
19. JUDGMENT
No. 19 | 03/2015
JUDGMENT
18. BOREAL
No. 18 | 01/2015
BOREAL
17. WINTER
No. 17 | 12/2014
WINTER
16. UNDINE
No. 16 | 10/2014
UNDINE
15. FERAL
No. 15 | 10/2014
FERAL
14. VERLOREN/LOST
No. 14 | 10/2014
VERLOREN/LOST
13. ARDEA
No. 13 | 09/2014
ARDEA
12. FLAMMEN/FLAMES
No. 12 | 08/2014
FLAMMEN/FLAMES
11. SPARK
No. 11 | 07/2014
SPARK
10. REGEN/RAIN
No. 10 | 07/2014
REGEN/RAIN
9. SONNE/SUN
No. 9 | 06/2014
SONNE/SUN
8. PAVO
No. 8 | 06/2014
PAVO
7. WARRIOR
No. 7 | 04/2014
WARRIOR (for my Mother)
6. URSUS
No. 6 | 02/2014
URSUS
5. STARBURST
No. 5 | 02/2014
4. ABOMINABLE
No. 4 | 01/2014
ABOMINABLE
3. NOMAD
No. 3 | 12/2013
NOMAD
2. DEMON
No. 2 | 11/2013
DEMON
1. HEATHEN
No. 1 | 10/2013
HEATHEN


PROJECT INFORMATION



This (almost) monthly self-portrait series paid tribute to the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth, and was loosely inpired by the pagan costuming and rituals of Vanessa's Germanic ancestors. The headpieces were ephemeral in that they, like their components, only existed for a short period of time; each piece was assembled using mostly non-permanent materials, photographed, then disassembled. Each headpiece was built on a solid base; feathers and quills were inserted into foam blocks and secured with pins and medical tape. Skulls were held in place with rope and wire. No glue was used.

As noted in the sidebar, 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 is your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country of residence.