• VANESSA LAURIN: Joyriding Through the Underworld

EPHEMERAL HEADPIECES:
A Cabinet of Curiosities Worn Atop Her Head



PROJECT OVERVIEW

Years 2013-2016
Frequency Monthly, via Facebook.
Status Completed
Description A tribute to the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth, loosely inpired by the pagan costuming and rituals of Vanessa's Germanic ancestors. Each piece featured specimens from her collection and plant materials from her garden. All were assembled using non-permanent materials (rope, wire, pins), photographed, then disassembled. No glue was used.



HEATHEN

HEATHEN

No. 1 | 10/2013

DEMON

DEMON

No. 2 | 11/2013

NOMAD

NOMAD

No. 3 | 12/2013

ABOMINABLE

ABOMINABLE

No. 4 | 01/2014



STARBURST

STARBURST

No. 5 | 02/2014

URSUS

URSUS

No. 6 | 02/2014

WARRIOR (For my mother, while she was battling late-stage-4 breast cancer. She won.)

WARRIOR (for my mother)

No. 7 | 04/2014

PAVO

PAVO

No. 8 | 06/2014



SONNE (Sun)

SONNE

No. 9 | 06/2014

REGEN (Rain)

REGEN (Rain)

No. 10 | 07/2014

SPARK

SPARK

No. 11 | 07/2014

FLAMMEN (Flames)

FLAMMEN (Flames)

No. 12 | 08/2014



ARDEA

ARDEA

No. 13 | 09/2014

VERLOREN (Lost)

VERLOREN (Lost)

No. 14 | 10/2014

FERAL

FERAL

No. 15 | 10/2014

UNDINE

UNDINE

No. 16 | 10/2014



WINTER

WINTER

No. 17 | 12/2014

BOREAL

BOREAL

No. 18 | 01/2015

JUDGMENT

JUDGMENT

No. 19 | 03/2015

ROAR

ROAR

No. 20 | 03/2015



HARPY

HARPY

No. 21 | 04/2015

DEVOUR

DEVOUR

No. 22 | 06/2015

WANDERER

WANDERER

No. 23 | 08/2015

NOCTURNE

NOCTURNE

No. 24 | 10/2015



UNDERGROWTH

UNDERGROWTH

No. 25 | 11/2015

FROST

FROST

No. 26 | 12/2015

DUSK

DUSK

No. 27 | 01/2016

SOAR

SOAR

No. 28 | 02/2016



RADIANT

RADIANT

No. 29 | 03/2016

HATCHED

HATCHED

No. 30 | 04/2016

BLOOM

BLOOM

No. 31 | 05/2016

SENTINEL

SENTINEL

No. 32 | 07/2016



BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET

No. 33 | 07/2016

SPLINTERED

SPLINTERED

No. 34 | 08/2016

FADING

FADING

No. 35 | 09/2016

ELEGY

ELEGY

No. 36 | 10/2016






IMPORTANT NOTES ON SKULL COLLECTING

Vanessa's work focusses heavily on the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. As a lifelong pagan and wildlife advocate, no living creatures have ever been harmed for the sake of her art. All skulls, feathers, taxidermy and other specimens in her collection are treated with the utmost reverence. They are non-CITES, non-SARA and non-MBCA species, and were ethically sourced through reputable, cruelty-free and trusted sources.

Conservation and awareness are crucial to preserving wildlife and wild places; therefore, if Vanessa's work has inspired you to begin your own collection, it's your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country of residence. For example, in North America, it’s illegal to possess live native songbirds/raptors or their remains (taxidermy, bones, skulls or feathers) unless you're a legally licensed wild bird handler or veterinarian. Please, just leave that dead sparrow for the carrion eaters.

Further reading
Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)
Canadian species at risk and the Species at Risk Act (SARA)
Migratory birds in Canada and the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA)
Directory of Canadian wildlife, plants and species

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