When did you start creating your skulls?
In 2010, I made my first skull following the death of my grandmother. To transcend her passing, the skull seemed the most powerful symbol: both fascinating and repulsive. In ancient Egypt feathers were used to weigh the soul of the deceased and as a means of communication between the spiritual and physical worlds.
How do you choose a name for each creation?
The skulls are part of a series, My Lovely Bones. They are portraits of women who have meant a lot to me, and I choose the colours and feathers to show their character. It is the name that precedes the work, not the other way around.
© Laurence Le Constant
How long does a piece take to finish?
It depends on the feathers; some are easier to work with, they have a naturally nice fall, while others are rough and need to be prepared. I especially enjoy working with duck feathers, and for the colours I use dyes. For a skull, on average I take three weeks.
What does your art seek to convey?
My skulls raise a lot of questions. I create bridges between our world and the afterlife in an attempt to reestablish communication with spirituality and facilitate passages from one world to another and to transcend death. I like seeing the reactions of people who discover them, who project their own personal experiences and meaning onto the work.