My Shadow Box
By: Kassandra Santillan
(Outside of box) On the outside, it has images like people holding guns because since I’m from Oakland, “I must be violent; I must be in a gang”. There’s also an image of a lady with a slim waist, with text saying “Firm Flat Abs Tight curvy butt No more jiggle!” kind of saying girls MUST be skinny to have a “perfect body”. There are texts like “Eat pretty” and “Make dinner” and an image of a lady taking care of a baby, like the expectations of a girl / woman. The rest of the box is just plain, because since I’m from Oakland, people that aren’t from here may think we’re nothing special (inside of box). The inside is who I am. I’ll talk about a few of the images and why I put them there. First, I chose to put a( Fin and Jake) image, of these two guys eating, because it’s like talking back to the “Eat pretty” statement. “EAT LIKE A GROWN UP” is also a counter narrative to “Eat pretty”, because I can eat however I want, and I’ll just keep “eating like a grown up”. The sleepy snorlax (pokemon) is also a counter narrative to girls need to be skinny to be perfect; The sleepy Snorlax isn’t skinny, but still beautiful / cute. “Why so blue?” and “WHY SO ANGRY” texts, are like what people ask me when they notice my heads down and that I’m not talking to anyone (because I’m shy). The Elmo and the girl (with the, kinda, annoyed and tired face) are my reactions when people ask me that (why so angry / blue?), I just have a plain face that looks pretty annoyed, but I’m too tired to say anything. I really am okey, I’m just “TIRED”. The images around my name are just things I like that don’t really have to do with my identity; I like “Music” and “Books”. Some foods / candy I like is pizza, “Lucas” candy and mazapan (De La Rosa). Music that I like is, the musical, “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”. Also, I put a pikachu because he’s just cute, also showing I like pokemon. Mexican flag shows that I’m mexican, which I am proud of. Thereś photos of me as a child, because those were some happy times. The photograph of my family are just showing something very important to me, where I come from. My family is very important to me, because I love them so very much, and because of them, I am right here, because they support me so much and always make me laugh, which makes my day. Thank for taking your time to read this!