The objects in my shadow box represent me and my family. Most of my shadow box is filled with pictures of me and my siblings when we were younger. Most of the pictures are baby pictures and they show my assigned identity. My baby pictures shows how my mom dressed me and how she did my hair when I was. There are also newer pictures, the newer pictures show my chosen identity on how I choose to dress and wear my hair and the different types of shoes and accessories I’m interested in. The other objects shows family, I have a brown bear with gift’s surrounding it representing the death of my grandmother’s mother dying. She died on Christmas Eve, the day after her birthday. I also have a blue cross with an Angel standing by it to represent her death that was put next to her ashes by my grandmother.
I put red, yellow, and green beads in my box to represent my race. My family is African American and Cuban. My grandmother on my mother’s side of the family really takes our African culture seriously. Every February we would wear African Attire on Sunday’s when we go to church. I only do it when I want to but I don’t do it any more. My great grandmother’s grandfather is from Africa and he moved to Arkansas in his thirties. When my great grandmother was born she moved to Oakland. My mom’s father was Cuban. Because of my grandfather being Cuban I am both Cuban and African American and that’s why I chose to use the beads in my shadow box.