I did a painting called Secrets illustrating the fact that we all have things kept hidden inside, things that may or may not be a big deal that we continue to keep underwraps.
I think we all have our own set of secrets, things that we'd probably prefer no one else knows. I know I do. On the other hand, it seems that there are some things that might eventually need to be revealed. Honestly, it really bothers me when someone believes they know how something "is" - but their alleged knowledge is only based on the information that they are actually privy to for one reason or another.
In other words, there are times when a person thinks they know something, and in reality, they know very little about it according to the fact that they've only heard one side or small parts of a particular story. Here's the real quandary: should a person reveal pieces of information that would actually help defend themself, but would hurt someone else's personal standing? To make matters worse, in most cases the situation is actually a lot more complicated than I've presented it here, and in ways that are layered rather deeply, so it makes matters even worse when a person is considering just what they should do.
(I think this is now one of those self-portraits in this project that has actually become a sketch for a larger scale "finished" painting...)
#164 April 2, 2011, Pencil on vellum