Lizz Denneau is a designer, artist, and art educator native to the Sonoran southwest. She uses multiple mediums to create visual responses to pop culture, hidden histories, and stories of the unseen or unnoticed. She most focused on creating visual narratives of the African American diaspora.
How did Hip Hop Inspire Me: Hip hop didn’t cement it’s place in my heart until it brought forth strong female rappers like Queen Latifah, Salt n Pepa, Eryka Badu, Lauren Hill, and Missy Elliot. I enjoyed hip hop, but it didn’t speak to me the way other genres did until I found these women. It was life-changing to see women who looked like me up there holding their own. With Missy Elliot I found a thick bold brash queen ahead of her time, doing crazy things with rap. She was a little freaky in a way I identified with. In a way, these women gave me permission to be myself within this culture.