Shadow Box Statement
I didn’t really know what to put in my Shadow Box since I was pretty short on ideas. Now that I see my shadow box I can see that it represents my identity as a whole. The plushy represents my love in humor, and the flag represents my gender identity which is being transmale. The rainbow also represents my sexuality. Seeing that my race is African-American, it’s consider “out of the ordinary” for people like me to come out as transmale. I’ve been told that it’s just a phase and how I’m becoming a “dyke.” I’m really proud of who I am and I’m not ashamed to come out as people may assume. It really doesn’t bother me anymore since I already have people who help support me and I couldn’t be more thankful. My gender expression is not too masculine but not feminine as long as I’m seen as and am male then it doesn’t really matter about what I wear. I did put a bit of my drawings in here since I do like drawing in my spare time or when I’m just bored.The aliens represent my love in conspiracies and how I’m a generally weird person from other people’s perspective. The picture on the right side of my shadow box shows how I’m still kinda dealing with insecurities and how I’m not really in tune with my emotions as often. I feel like I’m more expressive when I draw or craft something since I can make it with my ideas and I feel more free when I do it.