About Catherine Daniels
About the AuthorThis is the story of Catherine Daniels’ childhood trauma and sexual
abuse kept secret for years. It wasn’t until she was nearly 50
that she realised her secrets made her unwell. After her mother
died, she decided to learn to write. That first meeting with author,
Joan Rosier-Jones, changed her life forever. She started to
unfold the layers of her history through words, many of them in
metaphorical form. She joined a writers’ group which supported her
in her journey through the complexities of understanding her own
mental health issues.
One day she couldn’t write, so decided to make a sculpture to
portray what she couldn’t say in words. That day The Secret Keeper
was born. By creating these sculptures and metaphors, she slowly
unfolded her past in a way she was able to control. Each of the
forty sculptures tells their own story.
Through her works, Catherine Daniels hopes to start the important
conversations needed to help others navigate their own journeys of
healing through childhood trauma, parental neglect, sexual abuse
and mental health issues.