"This is getting out of hand, this grief was mine alone to hold
Promises, like porcelain dolls, left out in the cold"

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

An intimate look at the secret lives of porcelain dolls. What mischief do they get up to when no one is around?


Porcelain | 1
Porcelain | 2
Porcelain | 3
Porcelain | 2 | 1
Porcelain | 2 | 3
Porcelain | 2 | 5
Porcelain | 2 | 1
Porcelain | 2 | 3
Porcelain | 2 | 5

   A note about the animal specimens displayed on this website

Paper birds
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 the biography section, a lifelong wildlife advocate.

Any North American songbirds featured in her work are printed images—for example, the paper goldfinches and robins pictured to the left 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.