PANDEMONIUM LULLABIES

     2018-2019 | Ongoing     

Well, the pendulum swings
Keeping in time with my pandemonium lullabies
I'm of sound body and mind
Well, who am I when the novelty fades
When it's clawed at, scrubbed off
Bright red stain on a washcloth

Head on Fire
(Razor Blade Spine, 2007)



Various self-portrait series based on lyrics from Vanessa's catalogue.

 


She Danced Her Spell: Series 1, Part 1
2019 | ONGOING | PATREON-FUNDED
SHE DANCED HER SPELL
Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 2
2019 | ONGOING | PATREON-FUNDED
TOOTH AND BONE
Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 5, Part 3
2019 | ONGOING
PALE GHOSTS OF HER
QUEEN OF DESOLATION, No. 4
2019 | ONGOING
QUEENS OF DESOLATION
PORCELAIN
2019 | ARCHIVED
PORCELAIN
BEFORE THE COYOTES COME
2018 | ARCHIVED
BEFORE THE COYOTES COME

 

 

Other Archived Monthly Series

     2013-2016     

FULL PINK MOON
2017 | ARCHIVED
LUNAR
25 | Undergrowth
2013-2016 | ARCHIVED
EPHEMERAL HEADPIECES

   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.