CharlottePenabel

collage art

Toronto, Canada

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b****

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girls bite back

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kylie's world

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drip drip

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it is what it is

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glitter babes 3

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riot grrrl print

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girl power print

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jelly roll gang

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brain world

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looping

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hither

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disappear here

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trust me

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the mistress

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  • Mel on Mar 21, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Completely obsessed!!!! Thank you!!! 😍

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  • ladyabove on Dec 27, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sooooo gorgeous! Absolutely stunning art.
    Seller went above and beyond to make sure the prints arrived before Christmas.

  • ladyabove on Dec 27, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sooooo gorgeous! Absolutely stunning art.
    Seller went above and beyond to make sure the prints arrived before Christmas.

  • bbkickle on Dec 26, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Love love love! Can’t wait to hang this beauty in my office!

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  • J- on Sep 12, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic seller all the way around. The shirt was perfect and delivered quickly. I highly recommend this seller! 😊

  • Allanah on Jan 23, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    One of a kind conversation pieces. Even more colourful and fun in person than they look in the shop. Artist also worked with me to design a custom print that I am very grateful for. Can’t wait to hang these babies!

  • alpacafest on Sep 16, 2017

    4 out of 5 stars

    Order well in advance, leave extra time for delayed shipping.

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  • Callie on Dec 20, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    Nice print. I'm a big fan of Anna Wintour!

  • Callie on Dec 20, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    Came very promptly in the mail!

  • Callie on Dec 20, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    Your art style is totally unique!

About CharlottePenabel

Sales 108
On Etsy since 2016

pop culture inspired digital collage art

Art and Conformity: An open letter to everyone

We were driving through the suburbs - row houses upon row houses, each house built with subtly different variations of the same brick colors, the same aesthetic scheme of vinyl siding, all the houses squashed together, huddled close in a hug of conformity and manicured grass.

I started thinking; I would never want to live in a subdivision. I want the old Victorian with uncommon characteristics. I want to smother the interior walls with an overwhelming amount of mid-century inspired patterned wallpapers and brightly colored ceilings in my future kids rooms and boldly painted entranceways - and a traditional kitchen unlike anything you’ve seen, with dark emerald cabinets, crystal doorknobs, all black appliances and some weird-as-fuck hanging light system that I made myself from found objects.

...But that’s foreseeable for me in my future home(s) though – it’s a given; it’ll happen. It’s just how I live regardless; creatively driven by personal ideals of art and composition, a self-expression too loud to ignore that automatically drives me to embellish all my surroundings. Just like the way I’d feel internally obligated to furbish my high school locker and journal covers a certain way. I must.

Aesthetic, aesthetic, aesthetic.
Design, design, design.
Edit, edit, edit.
Embellish, embellish, embellish.
Eat, sleep, repeat.

I know that creatively driven minds feel the same; hence the term “starving artist”. Living in a world with an already decided blueprint of popular, mass consumed visual styles that are imposed onto us as a society can be truly agonizing for us as visual people. We yearn, ache, and languish for originality and authenticity. This isn’t snobbery, its the truth.

But I know that I am a niche market. I make art for me, for my taste, and I have a hard time collecting people that see my obscure and unusual visions. I guess it’s my job now as an “artist” to understand what sells to the masses if I am to ever be somewhat successful with selling whatever I create.

I focus on a house across the street from where we park. Looking out from the passenger’s window at the plethora of normalcy and plastic exterior siding, I think to myself, “Okay, who would live here? If I wasn’t creative and strange with this staggering, burning need to be different and I WANTED to live here, WHAT IS IT that makes this suburban lifestyle so appealing?”

And so I begin to empathize with the basic bitches.

I used to live in a subdivision as a kid, so I am not “above” or foreign to conformity. It’s comfy. And perhaps that’s just it - its comfortable. Comforting to know that we are accomplishing life “correctly” because everyone else is doing it, buying it, living in it, dressing like it, talking like it – And we can breathe a sigh of relief to any unwavering doubts that we could be an outsider.

Not everyone enjoys going against the grain and purchasing art, furniture, homes, etc, that don’t logically and or/visually make SENSE to them. Abstract art in any form befuddles people, causing them to react all like, “huh? What the fuck?”. I bite my tongue and internally cringe every time I walk into someone’s home and see a “live laugh love” print hanging on their wall, or I glance over to see that they are the 100,835,000,000th person to own one of those black and white canvas photos of the new york city skyline that they sell at ikea and just about every other home decor store. It’s something I could never, ever, ever relate to. But I know that I am not like everyone, and everyone is not like me, and everyone is different (well, different in the "it says so on my instagram feed in the form of a quote that goes into #deep#truth #realtalk about how unique and one of a kind I am" kind of way).

I do not write this to be insulting (#sorrynotsorry though). I myself fall victim to loving and incorporating generic, mass produced items into my everyday life. I love makeup products, ugg boots, statement necklaces from Forever21, and throw cushions from Winners. I get it. And a lot of it looks okay if its done right. I write this as insight from a creative person’s perspective, where unoriginality bothers me to such a horrendous depth; especially in the case of creating art that people don’t understand or want hanging in their home because it’s not a “live laugh love” poster.

Conclusion: dont be a basic bitch. Buy art that is weird and different.

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