Everyone has private secrets and personal facts about themselves that aren’t easily shared with others. We all want to protect ourselves against criticism and teasing, so embarrassing moments are never really the first thing that we share with others. But the fact is, pretty much every single person has one of those deep, dark secrets that lingers around and is never revealed.
New Orleans-based artist Candy Chang gives people a chance to confess these thoughts without having to feel vulnerable to the outside world. Her installation, entitled Confessions, is a public art project that took place in The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. For one month, Chang lived in Vegas and turned the P3 Studio Gallery into an interactive exhibit. Visitors could stop by, enter a booth, write whatever thoughts they wanted to share, and drop the confession into a box that mixed anonymously with other slips. Chang then took the anonymous slips and displayed them on the walls, painting selected responses in white against a larger red canvas background.
Throughout the exhibit, the shocking reality of a person’s true secrets are fascinating to read. According to Chang’s website, “This project seeks to create a cathartic sanctuary for this temporary community and help us see we are not alone in our quirks, experiences, and struggles as we try to lead fulfilling lives.”