“The project that captured a nation’s imagination.
The instructions were simple, but the results were extraordinary.
You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything — as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative.
It all began with an idea Frank Warren had for a community art project. He began handing out postcards to strangers and leaving them in public places — asking people to write down a secret they had never told anyone and mail it to him, anonymously.
The response was overwhelming. The secrets were both provocative and profound, and the cards themselves were works of art — carefully and creatively constructed by hand. Addictively compelling, the cards reveal our deepest fears, desires, regrets, and obsessions. Frank calls them “graphic haiku,” beautiful, elegant, and small in structure but powerfully emotional.
As Frank began posting the cards on his website, PostSecret took on a life of its own, becoming much more than a simple art project. It has grown into a global phenomenon, exposing our individual aspirations, fantasies, and frailties — our common humanity.
Every day dozens of postcards still make their way to Frank, with postmarks from around the world, touching on every aspect of human experience. This extraordinary collection brings together the most powerful, personal, and beautifully intimate secrets Frank Warren has received — and brilliantly illuminates that human emotions can be unique and universal at the same time. “ -Goodreads
I ended up reading “Post Secret: Confessions On Life, Death, and God” before I got to this one and many of my thought about the other book are the same here. I don’t know if I was just in a particularly melancholy mood at the time, but when I was reading this book and examining the art it contains I was sad and reflective. This book makes me think how similar we all are, which is a great thing (and not what made me sad ). It made me think of the secrets I hold, the thoughts I entertain, and how I will probably never reveal them. What upset me the most though is that a good portion of the secrets Warren shares in this book are about sexual assault, rape, and attempted suicide. This book helps bring awareness to mental illness. I read somewhere that 1 in 4 adults have some form of mental illness. Not all mental illnesses are destructive, but some can be. Those that are, are demonstrated in this book. Artwork like this is a great tribute to society because it reveals so much that has previously been hidden from the public eye, that we all have doubts, we all have regrets, and we all hold secrets.