Image: ‘Head Above the Clouds’ image from Hats In a Pandemic Exhibit
On April 21, 2021, Musea : Intentional Creativity Museum had our monthly Museum Show to unveil the Hats In a Pandemic Solo Exhibit, featuring the work of multimedia artist, Lizz Daniels. The show was hosted by Curatorial Director, Amber Gould, with Lizz – aka ‘The Subversive Granny‘ – attending the call live from her home in Oslo, Norway to share with those in attendance the incredible and inspiring story of the origins of her hats, as well as her profound insights on the importance of creative boldness.
The show featured a live streaming of the Hats In a Pandemic Virtual Show, revealing all 50 hats set to some lively and edgy music, allowing the participants to fully experience each whimsical and striking hat creation. The reactions from viewers was priceless – everything from laughing out loud, wide-faced smiles, eyes popping out, and hands over hearts. Many felt deeply inspired, uplifted and empowered by Lizz’s performance art and her courageous self-expression.
The video below includes some fun reactions to those viewing Lizz’s virtual show!
Some of the reflections we received in chat during the show include:
“That was absolutely mindblowing! I had not idea what to expect, but it was so much fun. Thank you, Lizz” ~ Chriss
“This is so incredible! I want to activate my pineal like that!” ~ Mary Ann Mathys
“I loved them all too…and the gloves…the softness and the play on words…head in the clouds and all…just so brilliant.” ~ Dawn K
“…contagious….my gut is pulsating right now with inspiration and awe!” ~ Milagros Suriano-Rivera
During the Artist Interview portion of the show, Lizz shared very openly about overcoming her fear of exposure and judgment, accessing deeper boldness in art, following her creative whims, and the way she has accessed deeper authenticity in her art and life. She also shared about her experience of losing her daughter in 1996 – an incredibly difficult time of grief in her life in which she turned to art to express her emotions and process her pain. Through this, Lizz experienced the true power of art to heal even the most broken of hearts, as she worked with the medium of Sticky Back Plastic day after day during her grieving process. Later, Lizz would discover the Intentional Creativity and realize there were many other artists who found healing through intentional art – giving language to her experience.
By the end of the show, Amber and Lizz had covered a lot of territory, and Lizz’s storytelling and generous sharing about her experiences as an artist left those in attendance ‘sparked’ and inspired towards deeper creative boldness.
Lizz words of wisdom for all the artists attending and those watching the show were to engage with “more boldness” in our creative lives, as she believes this boldness leads to ‘magic and genius’ as expressed by the following quote by Goethe:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
We are so grateful to Lizz for sharing her genius with us, and invite you to visit the Hats In a Pandemic Exhibit Page to view the Museum Show, Virtual Show, and full exhibit of Lizz hats! This includes details of the materials used in the hat creation as well as the ‘story’ or meaning behind the hats, as well as personal anecdotes and quotes from Lizz and some fun pictures of her in her clowning and hat-making days! We hope you enjoy the experience of the exhibit.
Thank you to all who attended the show and spent time celebrating and witnessing fantastic art with us.
If you would like to learn more about Lizz and her art, you can visit her website here: www.lizzdaniels.com