JOYRIDING THROUGH THE UNDERWORLD


The Curated Works of Vanessa Laurin



ABOUT THE ARTIST


Vanessa Laurin is a wearer of many hats, both proverbial and fashionable. She was born on a Royal Canadian Air Force base to a German mother and French-Canadian father, and began making strange noises, befriending animals and plants, and conjuring bizarre things shortly thereafter. She crossed the Atlantic in the early 1980s, and has been based near Ottawa, Canada, ever since.

Her deep connection to the natural world is reflected in her many creative outlets, which also serve to fund her wildlife advocacy work. She is a patron of several wild bird rescue and conservation organizations, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birds Canada, Destined to Fly: Native Ontario Baby Songbird Care, Swift Care Ontario, and Safe Wings Ottawa, as well as a financial backer of other initiatives such as The Messenger documentary. She is the former co-director of Wildlife Rescue Nests (2014-2019), a charitable foundation that provides assistance to wildlife rehabilitators worldwide.

This website mainly serves as an archive for Vanessa's professional musical and self-portrait photography works; follow her on Instagram for her other flights of fancy.






    MUSIC AND DISCOGRAPHY

    Vanessa Laurin is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist whose songwriting adventures began in 1992, when she picked up her brother's acoustic guitar and took to plucking out melodies instinctively. This would be the first of the dozen instruments that now figure in her musical arsenal.

    In 1996, she was introduced to Stephane Danis, an established Ottawa-based musician, recording engineer and producer, who would become her mentor and musical partner. The pair have released seven studio albums under the guise of First of June (1997-2013), melding Vanessa's songwriting with Stephane's production chops to create their signature otherworldly vocal harmonies and richly textured musical landscapes.

    Following the success of her first solo endeavour, The Melancholy Project, in 2019 Vanessa released BEFORE THE COYOTES COME, her first album in which she not with the band, but rather, she is the band... and the entire crew.

    As of 2020, she is releasing music based on her photography exclusively to patrons. Meanwhile, the couple is working on several wildly different projects simultaneously, with albums to be released in 2021/22.

Vanessa and friends

SELECTED VIDEOS

DISCOGRAPHY

ROCK ME AMADEUS (2021) ROCK ME AMADEUS (Single)
Solo, 2021
BEFORE THE COYOTES COME (2019) BEFORE THE COYOTES COME
Solo, 2019
THE MELANCHOLY PROJECT (2013) THE MELANCHOLY PROJECT
Solo, 2013
SWALLOWED BY THE SEA (2012) SWALLOWED BY THE SEA
First of June, 2012
ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS (2010) ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS
First of June, 2010
RAZOR BLADE SPINE (2007) RAZOR BLADE SPINE
First of June, 2007
LORELEI (2004) LORELEI
First of June, 2004
SPIDERS FROM VENUS: Indie Women Artists and Female-Fronted Bands Cover David Bowie (2003) SPIDERS FROM VENUS: Indie Women Artists and Female-Fronted Bands Cover David Bowie
Track: Hallo Spaceboy
First of June, 2003
WAITING FOR RABBIT (2002) WAITING FOR RABBIT
First of June, 2002
WHAT THE WIND BRINGS (2001) WHAT THE WIND BRINGS
First of June, 2001
CREEPY, CRAWLY LIVE (2000) - UNAVAILABLE CREEPY, CRAWLY LIVE
First of June, 2000
CREEPY, CRAWLY THINGS (1999) - UNAVAILABLE CREEPY, CRAWLY THINGS
First of June, 1999


CONTACT INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: Vanessa does not read or respond to sales-pitch emails or private messages on social media. She is not available for commissioned work, concert bookings or studio sessions at this time. hello@vanessalaurin.com.

For inquiries about the shop, write to shop@vanessalaurin.com.

NOTES ON SKULL COLLECTING

Although Vanessa's work focusses heavily on the endless cycle of of life, death and rebirth, being 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 and sustainably obtained through reputable, cruelty-free and trusted sources. Any songbirds featured in her work are cardboard printouts.

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 is your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country or location of residence. For example, in North America, it is illegal for the general public to possess live native songbirds, corvids or raptors, or their remains (taxidermy, bones, skulls or feathers).

All contents © copyright 1999-2021 Vanessa Laurin