The weaving hair on the person's head shows the complexity of his/her culture. Above the head, that person is trying to go to the spiritual side to find him/herself.
Fred Michael Beam
The mask was in the center of the canvas with the abstract weaving of Afrocentric braid on top of the head and banded up. Each side of the canvas shows the abstract face of a person who has their hand up as if he/she is not welcoming the masked person. Right side has its hand signing Deaf. The left side has its hand signing " Black". The masked person has its hands up side by side, trying to find its own identity.
Fred Michael Beam, “Ostracizism,” RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center , accessed May 12, 2021, https://dyerartscenter.omeka.net/items/show/389.