My Shadow Box

By: Jessica Hernandez


This shadow box represents the dominant and counter narratives that I have. On the outside of my shadow box I have some dominant narratives about myself. Many people assume that my ethnicity is Mexican. Some others would also assume that I’m always very feminine by looking at me. The inside of my box are my counter narratives. My ethnicity is actually Guatemalan, which is what the flag inside of my box represents. My gender identity is female, but I don’t always see myself as feminine like for example the picture of me in a duck costume. I have chosen to include a picture of me and my brother because it shows that I’m a younger sibling. Many people believe that since I’m younger I got everything I wanted, I’m always very feminine, and that I come from a different ethnicity, but its not true.

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April 18, 2019 5:36 pm

Hi Jessica,
Your shadow box to me represents inadequate assumptions based on the world. They look at you and just assume you are Mexican or because you are a female you should be feminine and do very feminine things. Well in fact, you are Guatemalan and you don’t consider yourself feminine in some ways. I love that your shadow box represents you as an individual and telling the world this is who I am.

November 15, 2018 7:10 pm

Dear Jessica,
Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Miella and I am a student at Fremont High School. Something that I liked about your work was you had artifacts that are important to you, and pictures. Something that I had a question about is was the project hard for you? Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is Thank You!

October 17, 2018 4:26 pm

Dear Jessica,

I am astonished by your shadow box. I love how in your artist statement you explain how many people may see you as one ethnicity but the truth is you’re not. You are a proud Guatemalan and that is truly shown in your shadow box.One part of your artist statement/shadow box that I loved was that you showed how people may believe that you are always feminine but you are not always feminine and that is shown by when you dressed up as a duck for halloween instead of a princess or any feminine costume. Thank you for sharing your wonderful shadow box and showing the world that dominant narratives do not define you. Keep writing and showing the world YOUR perspective.


Lupita Morales-Cordova=)

October 10, 2018 6:29 pm

Dear Jessica,
I like how you talked about how dominant narratives are wrong about you like for example, you are not mexican you’re Guatemalan. This is also represented on your box because you have the flag. Also, I like how you don’t always see yourself as feminine, which is showed by you wear a duck costume which was really funny. Overall, your shadow box is well done with all the symbols and images in your box and also your artist statement was well done too because you talked about your counter and dominant narratives.

October 3, 2018 5:32 pm

Hi jessica i just wonted to say i love your shadow box Its very different and i like that you put the images of you and your brother to show that your the youngest and i like that you explained you counter and dominant narritives

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