Artist Turns People’s Secrets Into Art

Terence Eduarte and his 100 Days of Secrets - the art of expressing the truth
Illustration by Terence Eduarte

As the saying goes, no secret can remain hidden forever. It could be remembered last year that people has been abuzz with Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails that shows her secret conspiracy. And the hits just keep on coming.

This time, secrets sent through email are finally put to good use with this artist’s astute idea. Manila-based illustrator and art director Terence Eduarte did not foresee his email being utilized as a secret-sharing address of his friends, and even strangers.

For 100 days, Terence decided to illustrate his friends in exchange of sharing their secrets. He received a lot of personal secrets and surprising confessions from strangers. Due to the overwhelming replies, he followed through with the project, giving it the title ‘100 Days of Secrets’.

Here, Terence explains an insight of his new daily routine and shares a piece of his art.

 

What makes you busy at the moment?

I recently left my day job to pursue illustration and personal projects like this one. I’m still getting used to working outside an office. Oftentimes, you’ll see me working inside coffee shops.

"My daughter doesn't know that her lost cat is home. He is buried in our backyard" #100daysofsecrets #the100dayproject

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Can you describe the time when you first realized that illustrating the secrets of strangers was something you absolutely had to do for 100 days?

This is the first time I participated in a daily illustration project. I wanted to do something that would tell a story every day. Every person has an interesting story to tell and I wanted to channel that into my illustrations.

"I secretly hide behind my humor. I can be seething in anger and tell jokes five minutes later." #100daysofsecrets

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Your illustrations give an interesting idea about personal secrets. As an illustrator, how does your art style gives emotion to the theme of your project and capture the subjective feeling of the audience?

Most people are ashamed to share their secrets. I think the style of the portraits is distinct to the owner of the secret, yet anonymous to everyone else.

"My parents think I quit smoking." #100daysofsecrets #the100DayProject

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What does “being secretive” mean to you? What are you trying to communicate with your art through this project?

As the secrets got more real, I realized that the portraits have become an outlet for people to let out thoughts and feelings they normally wouldn’t tell anyone.

"I always check if my friends are doing well, but people rarely ask how I am." #100daysofsecrets #the100dayproject

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What’s your plan after 100 days?

Right now, I’m just seeing where these secrets take me. I’d really like to make a book out of these illustrations though. I think the bravery of these people to share their secrets with me is worth something more than a post. I want to print it, publish it, get people to share it with one another. I want the book to be a reminder that we are not alone in our secrets, everyone has secrets a lot of us just never talk about them. But for now, I launched a web page within my portfolio site to archive every secret shared so far. Click here to visit the website.

 

If you have a superpower to know the secrets of one person in this world, who would it be and why?

George R. R. Martin. I think it would be exciting to know what his plans are for “A Song of Ice and Fire”.

As a whole, Terence’s choice of stranger’s secret is solely based on the need to artistically reflect today’s society. Illustrations of people facing backward is just one noticeable visual feature of the project.

"I regret exchanging nudes with guys I barely even know." #100daysofsecrets #the100dayproject

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Intrigued? Send a secret to him, and see the result on his website.
– Keep calm and don’t lie!

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Dibs Leaño is a professional writer, journalist, and managing editor of Doodle Arts. While not working as content manager, she prefers to play computer games, feed her cats, vandalize restroom walls, draw doodles for special occasions, whine for more and plan for world domination. Follow her on Instagram, @dibsidoodles.
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