I was a social worker; but my trauma and need for an entrepreneurial lifestyle said
"f*** this shit" - so now I do whatever I want.
Another day, another project.
THE LIGHT IN THE POOL
A girl leaves the warm cocoon of a small town to the city of Toronto where she gets lost in rave land, drug addiction, prostitution, psych wards and failed relationships. The light in the pool tells a story of searching for clarity and inner peace from sexual abuse, developmental trauma, addiction and suicide attempts. A story capturing the power of disconnection from one's own body and remembering. After being shaken up from an unplanned trigger that brings all her suppressed memories (and rage) to the surface, she discovers that things aren't what they seem in the family and town she left behind.
EVERYTHING ALICE SAID
Further down the rabbit hole she goes...A 20-something year old girl tries to make sense of childhood sexual abuse and how that trauma has shaped her views on men, society, relationships, pornography, monogamy and abandonment. During her experimental and unsober years, the disassociation from her body continues and she unknowingly reenacts her abuse and retrauamtizes herself in the process by transforming herself into an escort named Alice. She soon learns that everything Alice says is a facade: a mind-controlled performance, birthed in the sleazy corridors of molestation and a pornographic, beauty obsessed society designed to create a robotic understanding of what a woman should be. Packed with real-life accounts of motel living and hooker-for-hire lingo, this memoir tells a story of female rage, rebellion, self forgiveness and emotional healing.
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GLISTEN AND GLOOM
Glisten and Gloom: The sociological appeal of Hollywood through pop-culture inspired digital collage art is the first volume of digital collage art by Charlotte Penabel, that further gives meaning behind her artwork. Each image highlights different aspects of an addiction-like attraction to the sparkle and glitter of glamour,
while simultaneously exposing the psychological, sociological impact that glamour, Hollywood, celebrity culture, beauty standards and fame have on our minds, self esteem and behaviours.
Plagued by "misunderstood artist vibes", Charlotte examines the torture of being undervalued by family, friends and society for talents that isolate her from functioning in a black and white, money-making, career-oriented world. Societal Sloth: Pushing past the stigma of being an artist and other mental health concerns aka "the artist that does nothing" depicts a personal journey through all her creative ideas and entrepreneurial failures, lessons, self validation, personal ambition, to successes.