Introduced as a modern-day renaissance woman by her radio interviewer in 2009, Vanessa began her creative career as a ballerina. At age 15, she was invited to join the corp de ballet of the Zurich Ballet and performed on world-class stages, such as the Kennedy Center and Metropolitan Opera House, with Rudolf Nureyev.
Before publishing her 88 Menstrala at age 33, she was an accomplished ballet coach, classical pianist, poet, architectural model builder, interior designer and calligrapher. She also is a licensed Getty Images photographer, and holds a Phi Beta Kappa Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College as well as a Masters Degree.
From 1991 to 1999, she resided in Europe where she travelled to see ancient archaeological sites. Her passion for learning led her to the mythological astrological philosophies of Hellenistic, Vedic, Transcendental Karmic and Evolutionary astrology. Techniques of cyclical analysis now play a daily role in her life.
Silverfish Spirits was painted in September 2000. She completed her Menstrala collection in 2003.
Galaxy Crossing and other paintings have appeared in international documentary films:
Period: The End of Menstruation?
Moon Inside You
A Flowering Tree
In 2009, rock star Dave Navarro, the guitarist from Jane's Addiction and The Red Hot Chili Pepper Band, visited the artist's San Francisco studio where they filmed a Menstrala art collab.
As part of a social art experiment by a Navy crew member, prints of Timandra & Bulis were twice displayed on board the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier in 2003.
"In a wake of Medusa's distilled blood drops, Chrysaor and Pegasus sprout through the vast veil of Athena's revenge.
Their Father, giant Ocean, is as deep as he is in sleep, exhaling his rain-dreams down on mortals.
Their mother, purity of Love and Beauty never forgotten, echoes stronger than petrified rock holding all Memories of having once been alive.
But with fearless eternal freedom, the spirit of Pegasus gallops in soaring flight, pioneering the Ether of Light."
The artist’s last Menstrala, No. 88, painted in 2003 and entitled The Decoder, features her menstrual blood conclusively turned into the color of gold.
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