LUNAR

     2017     
Being a July baby, Vanessa has always felt a powerful connection to the Moon. This monthly self-portrait series celebrated the traditional names given to Her full phases. Each photo was shot and posted on the corresponding date during the entire 2017 calendar year.

 




Full Wolf Moon


January


Full Snow Moon


February


Full Worm Moon


March


Full Pink Moon


April

 



Full Flower Moon


May


Full Strawberry Moon


June


Full Buck Moon


July


Full Sturgeon Moon


August

 



Full Corn Moon


September


Full Hunter's Moon


October


Full Beaver Moon


November


Full Cold Moon


December


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.