EPHEMERAL

2013-2016
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.

 


36. ELEGY

Elegy

No. 36 | 10/2016
35. FADING

Fading

No. 35 | 09/2016
34. SPLINTERED

Splintered

No. 34 | 08/2016
33. BITTERSWEET

Bittersweet

No. 33 | 07/2016
32. SENTINEL

Sentinel

No. 32 | 07/2016
31. BLOOM

Bloom

No. 31 | 05/2016
30. HATCHED

Hatched

No. 30 | 04/2016
29. RADIANT

Radiant

No. 29 | 03/2016
28. SOAR

Soar

No. 28 | 02/2016
27. DUSK

Dusk

No. 27 | 01/2016
26. FROST

Frost

No. 26 | 12/2015
25. UNDERGROWTH

Undergrowth

No. 25 | 11/2015
24. NOCTURNE

Nocturne

No. 24 | 10/2015
23. WANDERER

Wanderer

No. 23 | 08/2015
22. DEVOUR

Devour

No. 22 | 06/2015
21. HARPY

Harpy

No. 21 | 04/2015
20. ROAR

Roar

No. 20 | 03/2015
19. JUDGMENT

Judgment

No. 19 | 03/2015
18. BOREAL

Boreal

No. 18 | 01/2015
17. WINTER

Winter

No. 17 | 12/2014
16. UNDINE

Undine

No. 16 | 10/2014
15. FERAL

Feral

No. 15 | 10/2014
14. VERLOREN/LOST

Verloren (Lost)

No. 14 | 10/2014
13. ARDEA

Ardea

No. 13 | 09/2014
12. FLAMMEN/FLAMES

Flammen (Flames)

No. 12 | 08/2014
11. SPARK

Spark

No. 11 | 07/2014
10. REGEN/RAIN

Regen (Rain)

No. 10 | 07/2014
9. SONNE/SUN

Sonne (Sun)

No. 9 | 06/2014
8. PAVO

Pavo

No. 8 | 06/2014
7. WARRIOR

Warrior (for my Mother)

No. 7 | 04/2014
6. URSUS

Ursus

No. 6 | 02/2014
5. STARBURST

Starburst

No. 5 | 02/2014
4. ABOMINABLE

Abominable

No. 4 | 01/2014
3. NOMAD

Nomad

No. 3 | 12/2013
2. DEMON

Demon

No. 2 | 11/2013
1. HEATHEN

Heathen

No. 1 | 10/2013


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.