PALE GHOSTS OF HER:

Manifestations of Grief and Healing

     2019 | Ongoing     

"...And you'll say 'hold on, I'm standing right here'
But you're the wrong shade of gold; you're just the pale ghost of her"

Pale Ghost of Her
(Swallowed by the Sea, 2012)



An exploration of various aspects of the mourning process.

 




Series 1

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Eloquence, my virgin bride
Of late, she's elegantly fading


Coming Up Empty
(All Is Well That Ends, 2010)



Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 1, Part 1


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 1, Part 2


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 1, Part 3

 



Series 2

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Are you feral or are you tame?
On her lips, I can taste your name


Pale Ghost of Her
(Swallowed by the Sea, 2012)



Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 2, Part 1


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 2, Part 2


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 2, Part 3

 



Series 3

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I used to have magic
I used to have Her medicine flowing through me


You Wanted In
(Before the Coyotes Come, 2018)



Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 3, Part 1


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 3, Part 2


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 3, Part 3

 



Series 4

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A is for Apathy, high on the mountaintop
Shrugging its shoulders, extending its finger


Apathy
(Lorelei, 2004)



Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 4, Part 1


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 4, Part 2


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 4, Part 3

 



Series 5

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Morning comes
Creeps through my window
Been sitting here for hours or day or years
When I open my eyes
I know that you'll be gone


Nowhere
(What the Wind Brings, 2001)



Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 5, Part 1


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 5, Part 2


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 5, Part 3

 



Series 6

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The blood will wash out
Of that, I'm not worried now


Portrait of Me
(Waiting For Rabbit, 2002)



Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 6, Part 1


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 6, Part 2


Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 6, Part 3

 



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.