Through this project, I aimed to uncover the deepest secrets of those around me, and to reveal the inner thoughts and feelings that we as humans naturally keep concealed. From March 24th to March 27th 2015, I reached out to social media and asked people to submit completely anonymous confessions through a form of 6 given questions:
Question 1: What do you pretend to like and why?
Question 2: Do you have one “friend” you secretly dislike? Why?
Question 3: What is your biggest regret?
Question 4: Who do you love more, your mom or your dad? Why?
Question 5: Describe your worst childhood memory.
Question 6: What is something you do in private that no one knows about?
The 6 questions are color coded throughout the book. On the edges of each page, you will find an identification number P_Q_. This number organizes the confession by person and question. Example: A page listed as “P3Q4” represents the 3rd person to confess their answer to question 4. You can find an index of each person and their responses on page 120.
The questions were designed to make those answering feel uncomfortable and maybe even provoke feelings that they had never contemplated. Some gave 3 word answers and some poured their hearts out in detail. Some painted a mental picture and some left me wondering. The responses were far more powerful than I expected, and I have been completely moved by this project and those who contributed.
This book has been designed in a loose, experimental manner, using line and shape. The confessions are shown as they were received.