• VANESSA LAURIN: Joyriding Through the Underworld

TOOTH AND BONE



PROJECT OVERVIEW

Year 2019
Frequency Monthly three-image photosets, via Patreon.
Status On hiatus
Description An experiment in musical necromancy, based on Vanessa's lyrics, in which old words are called upon to revive the long-dead.

  • "I fashioned the tools by my own hand
    Of cunningly scavenged tooth and bone
    And found a lion waiting, aye"

    ALBUM: LORELEI

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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Carcasses and Casualties. Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 2.

SERIES 1

"And August brings naught but fresh sorrows
For anyone who would read their weary head
How I would rest my weary head
Bleary-eyed, I stumble lightly
Through the carcasses and casualties"

Carcasses and Casualties View full series on Patreon

Beautiful Lorelei. Tooth and Bone: Series 2. Series 1, Part 1.

SERIES 2

"Beautiful Lorelei
Have you seen the headlines?
They say that we’ve poisoned the water supply
A pinch of this, a dash of that
When no one was looking
No forethought for the scales and fins
Blackened and lost"

Beautiful Lorelei View full series on Patreon

Wolves Be Warned. Tooth and Bone: Series 3, Part 1.

SERIES 3

"I am no Rotkäppchen
But I doubt you would catch me
If ever you tried or if you even dared
I’m sorry, but I have no grandmother
With whom I might visit or even break bread
In this neck of the woods"

Wolves be Warned View full series on Patreon



Noctua. Tooth and Bone: Series 4, Part 1.

SERIES 4

"When the last days of autumn roll around
When the robins forage but few mouthfuls are to be had
Will they know by these hollow bones
That a little owl once sat
Proud in the heavens here?"

Noctua View full series on Patreon

By the Shore. Tooth and Bone: Series 5, Part 1.

SERIES 5

"My dear, let's build a home here
With our hands, we'll till the earth
We'll need no map or compass
No man will find us here
No man will dare come near
But we will skin the wolves that trespass
And we'll rest easier with our bellies full of light"

By the Shore View full series on Patreon



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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