Her name says it all: Joy. Elizabeth Joy brings exuberance and light to her metaphysical art and hair styling. In her work as a stylist, she harness the imagery of Jem and the Holograms, turning women into heavenly hosts of rock star proportions. In her art, Elizabeth identifies through her spiritual experiences of rebirth, renewal, and feminine empowerment. Located in Manheim PA, her work is here to expand the mind and bring sisterly love to the Philadelphia area.
#FF: How have you learned to create a safe place for yourself in your artistic expression?
EJ: I feel like society places a lot of importance on being practical, being a responsible grown-up, and working all the time just to make ends meet. It makes us feel safe to do what is expected of us. When you decide to live creatively, you blaze your own trail and it threatens the status quo. To me, living creatively is about being true to yourself regardless of what everyone else wants you to be. There isn’t a lot of security in it, but it makes you feel alive. Artistic expression never feels safe, but that’s what I love about it!
#FF: When were you the most connected to your artistic process?
EJ: A few months ago, I was involved in a very traumatic accident. I stopped going to work and going out with friends because I was just too heartbroken to function. Every day, I would sit in my room for hours painting. Art was one thing I could funnel positive energy into. It was a very ugly time in my life and creating images that were positive and beautiful made me feel more balanced. It made me realize the importance of staying creative. Now more than ever, I feel that art & creativity are what make life worth living. Why focus on things you can’t control when you can focus on creating something you love?
#FF: What does it feel like to create empowering energy for the women you serve?
EJ: My favorite thing about being a stylist is seeing my clients leave with a big confidence boost. Especially when I get to do really unusual cuts and colors. People always feel great when they see themselves pulling off such a unique look. My hope is that my work inspires women to be their own kind of beautiful. I feel so blessed to be able to use my creativity to help others feel beautiful and confident!
#FF: Where do you derive your goddess energy?
EJ: Making art, long walks every morning, deep conversations, practicing gratitude, and being surrounded be so many wonderful people. I like to focus on all the things I love in my life while being careful not to waste energy on things that do not serve me. I use to feel like it was me against the entire universe, but the more I learn to let go of bad vibes, the less separate I feel. It’s very empowering to feel like the whole universe has got your back. All you have to do is change the way you look at things!
#FF: Who are your patron goddesses?
EJ: My sister is my main goddess. She’s kind, funny, creative, and beautiful inside and out. I admire her for being brave enough to start her own very unconventional body-painting business. She works hard on doing what she loves. I am so lucky to have grown up with someone so inspirational in my life! Someday I hope to join forces with her and open our own business together where we can focus on bringing more art and color to our community.
See Elizabeth’s art in our September Gallery.
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