CURRENT MUSICAL PROJECTS

What's happening in the studio.

  • LETTERS TO CORNELIA

    A new fully solo album, currently in the writing stage, to be released in 2021.

  • UNTITLED PROJECT aka DEFINITELY NOT FIRST OF JUNE

    A new prog metal duo led by Stephane Danis (drums/bass) and Vanessa Laurin (vocals), to be released in 2021.

  • MY LIFE IS A STEREO: THE MIDLIFE CRISIS COVERS PROJECT

    The next phase of The Melancholy Project, coming to YouTube later this summer.

SELECTED VIDEOS





RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS

Vanessa's photography universe is created within a corner of her bedroom, where she builds small-scale sets using elements from her curio collection. Collected here are a selection of her most popular self-portrait series; she is planning a retrospective of her complete works in the future.
Prints will be added to the shop later this summer.
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THE TENDER PARTS


2020

A body reclaimed by nature. Series produced during the during the first few days of the global covid-19 lockdown.

ONE FOR SORROW


2019

A retelling of the classic nursery rhyme. Originally produced as a limited-edition booklet.

QUEENS OF DESOLATION


2019-2020

Visits with the queens of the shadow places, inspired by the lyrics to Nest of Bones. 13 images are planned for this series, which is set to resume in late summer 2020.

  • IMPORTANT NOTES ON SKULL AND SPECIMEN 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 and sustainably 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.

LATEST JEWELLERY COLLECTIONS

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CONTACT INFORMATION

    You may address serious professional inquiries to vee @ vanessalaurin.com

    Please note that Vanessa does not read or respond to sales-pitch emails or private messages on social media. She favours projects focussed on wildlife protection, conservation and advocacy.

    She does not photograph other people, and is not available for commissioned work, concert bookings or studio sessions at this time. Thank you for your interest.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Vanessa Laurin is a wearer of many hats, both proverbial and fashionable, whose deep connection to nature is reflected in her many creative outlets. She lives atop a high hill near Ottawa, Canada, in a small house stuffed with books, beads, musical instruments, and curios, all of which she uses to create an array of visual, auditory and sensory delights. She shares her life with her husband and musical partner of 20+ years, their two cats, and an ever-growing garden and backyard menagerie of wild birds and four-legged familiars.

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