• VANESSA LAURIN: Joyriding Through the Underworld

SHE DANCED HER SPELL



PROJECT OVERVIEW

Year 2019
Frequency Weekly three-image photosets, via Patreon.
Status On hiatus.
Description A midnight stroll through the witch's garden.

  • "And oh, there I saw her
    Dancing as the night fell
    In ripples all around her
    She danced and danced her spell"

    ALBUM: WHAT THE WIND BRINGS

COMPLETED WORKS

  • Note: One image from each photoset is posted in the gallery below. Full sets and additional content are available on Patreon.
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Important notes

The plants featured in these works are toxic; please exercise the proper precautions in handling these or any other such plant materials. The American Robins in series 5 are cardboard print-outs. See additional information on specimen collecting at the bottom of this page.



Datura metel. She Danced Her Spell: Series 1, Part 1.

DATURA METEL

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Solanum dulcamara. She Danced Her Spell: Series 2, Part 1.

SOLANUM DULCAMARA

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Aconitum napellus. She Danced Her Spell: Series 3, Part 1.

ACONITUM NAPELLUS

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Ricinus communes. She Danced Her Spell: Series 4, Part 1.

RICINUS COMMUNES

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Sorbus americana. She Danced Her Spell: Series 5, Part 3.

SORBUS AMERICANA

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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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