Willow Smith has always been a proponent of marching to her own beat when it comes to self-expression. Well, her latest statement speaks volumes and comes as no surprise to the world as she locked herself in a box for 24-hours with best friend Tyler Cole.


The purpose of Smith’s latest attention grabbing event is to promote self-healing, as a part of an art installation called, The Anxiety for the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Smith said in an interview with the L.A. Times that she and Cole would explore eight transitional phases of anxiety, in silence, for three hours each. The phases include: paranoia, rage, sadness, numbness, euphoria, strong interest, compassion, and acceptance.

“We were like, ‘Wouldn’t it be so interesting if we could personify this experience?'” Smith said. “Starting from being scared and feeling alone and moving to a place of acceptance and joy?”

Viewers were able to watch the talented teen through a glass wall and take in the duo’s affirmations that were painted on the other three sides of the box that were made up of canvas. Smith has long expressed that she has experienced anxiety throughout life growing up.

“We understand this is a very sensitive subject. And we don’t want to be like, ‘Our experience is the experience.’ This is just us expressing our personal experience with this.”

It’s not too late to catch the installation for yourself! If you are reading this before 9:00 p.m. Pacific-time, then there is still time to view live! Click here.  Let us know what you think about Smith’s latest self-expression. Sound-off, we want to hear from you!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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