PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title PALE GHOSTS OF HER:
Manifestations of Grief and Healing
Year 2019
Frequency Monthly three-image photosets, via Instagram; one image from each is posted below.
Status Completed
Description A collection exploring the many facets of the mourning process.
"I'll say, 'Haven't you heard
That she died in that fiery blaze?'
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"

-- First of June, Pale Ghost of Her


SERIES 1

  • Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 1
  • "Eloquence, my virgin bride
    Of late, she's elegantly fading"

    First of June, Coming Up Empty

SERIES 2

  • Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 2
  • "Are you feral or are you tame?
    On her lips, I can taste your name"

    First of June, Pale Ghost of Her

SERIES 3

  • Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 3
  • "I used to have magic
    I used to have Her medicine flowing through me"

    Vanessa Laurin, You Wanted In

SERIES 4

  • Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 4
  • "A is for Apathy, high on the mountaintop
    Shrugging its shoulders, extending its finger"

    First of June, Apathy

SERIES 5

  • Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 5
  • "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"

    First of June, Nowhere

SERIES 6

  • Pale Ghosts of Her: Series 6
  • "The blood will wash out
    Of that, I'm not worried now"

    First of June, Portrait of Me



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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