• VANESSA LAURIN: Joyriding Through the Underworld

QUEENS OF DESOLATION



PROJECT OVERVIEW

Year 2019
Frequency Monthly, via Instagram (2019) and Patreon (mid-2020)
Status On hiatus. Will resume in summer 2020, via Patreon, until all 13 planned works are completed.
Description Audiences with 13 ancient creatures who haunt the shadow places, based on Vanessa's track, Nest of Bones.

  • "Fly to your nest of bones
    My Queen of Desolation
    You are brooding your clutch of stillborns"

    ALBUM: Before the Coyotes Come

COMPLETED WORKS

  • Fund future instalments on Patreon
  • This is the most labour-intensive of Vanessa's ongoing series. Each Queen requires her own small-scale set, painted backdrop, myriad of props and practical SFX. The objective is to conjure 13 Queens; become a Patron to fund future instalments and help speed up the process.


Queen of Desolation no. 1.

QUEEN No. 1

Queen of Desolation no. 2.

QUEEN No. 2

Pale Ghosts of Her: Queen of Desolation no. 3.

QUEEN No. 3



Queen of Desolation no. 4.

QUEEN No. 4






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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