My given name is Valerie Reitzel. My taken name is Lilith Dorr in honor of the daughter I lost to the vestiges of domestic violence almost 13 years ago. (My husband threw me when I was almost 4 months pregnant). This tragedy was the catalyst on my journey to recovery. After several years of “Internal Reconstructive Surgery”( a blend of intense professional and personal intervention) , I went back to LACASA to be trained as an On-Call Response Team Member (2006 through 2009) and in 2014 was elected to become the first LACASA survivor to become a Board Member. I use my art work and public speaking to reach out survivors and the community at large about topic revolving around abuse and intervention. I have been a public school art teacher since 1989, serving the joy of art making to over 10,000 students. In addition, I am a producing artist with four exhibitions to my credit:1) The 13 Ladies: An Epic Journey of a Survivor. This exhibit explored my experiences with child abuse and domestic violence. You may see the video of the making of this body of work at www.13ladies.com
2) The 7 Sisters: A Tribute to my Mothers. This exhibition was a genealogical exploration into my maternal and paternal history to find out just where my development of a victim mentality and enabling behavior originated. Was it genetic or learned behavior? I proudly display this exhibit in the 2011SSW art show!
3) Harmonic Rapport: A Celebration of Visual Poetry. This body of work was proof of my healing and ultimate overcoming of all forms of abuse. It is a powerful and uplifting collection of poetry and abstract artworks. To view this work you may go to Etsy.com under my shop entitled, TornEdgeCreations.
4) The 21 Gal Salute. I am in the process of completing this latest body of work. The central sculpture is self illuminated, has 8 faces, 3 breast plates, 21 hands which are holding 21 images taken from my visual journals as I worked through my trauma associated with the many sexual assaults I have endured in my childhood into young adulthood. There are also 21 large renditions of the journal images which hang on the walls of the gallery. I hope to have this body of work on exhibit at ArtPrize 2015 in Grand Rapids in the Fall.