We’re used to getting the usual travel postcards, holiday postcards and reminders to get our teeth cleaned postcards in the mail. They never really had any special messages behind them; the static Christmas family pose and forced smiles are about all you get. You lose interest and toss the cards in the trash.
Frank Warren, however, came up with a unique way to reveal secrets–anonymously–through postcards. At first a community art project, his idea spread globally as people sent in postcards of secrets. Known as “PostSecret,” the postcards became works of art from those who carefully constructed them by hand. There are four books out in the series, but my favorite one is “A Lifetime of Secrets: A Post SecretBook.”
The postcards in the book reveal the artists’ deepest fears, darkest desires, shameful regrets and craziest obsessions. There are some we might look down on (“His wife doesn’t know he gave me this card AND an ORGASM on Valentine’s Day”), while there are others we can relate to (“I fantasize about rejecting the apologies that I know will never come”).
Some reveal the strangest dreams (“I feel really bad when I have sexual fantasies about the dead”), while there are others that are shocking (“Everyone who knew me before 9/11 believes I’m dead”). Powerfully emotional, the project took on a life of its own as it exposed our fantasies, aspirations and frailties; it touches on every aspect of human experience.