GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An ArtPrize artist used her craft to course of sexual abuse she skilled as a toddler.

Reminiscences: Evocations, which may be discovered at Monroe Group Church throughout ArtPrize, was created by Linda Litteral. A complete of 168 masks — molds of Litteral’s face made with clay — cling from an iron pipe. On the opposite facet of the masks are “children-style drawings,” Litteral defined, that present childhood moments.

Some are hidden utilizing lace curtains, “representing what goes on in properties that individuals don’t know,” the piece’s description on the ArtPrize web site says.

Reminiscences: Evocations by Linda Litteral is displayed at Monroe Group Church for ArtPrize. (September 2022)

“Some folks have a really troublesome time taking a look at it,” Litteral mentioned.

She hopes to assist folks study an uncomfortable matter.

“That’s how I get folks to have a look at the subject, is by making lovely issues,” she mentioned.

The artists and writer began engaged on the piece at the side of a e book she wrote, “Present and Inform: Artwork, Therapeutic, Incest.”

“This piece has been in my mind for a couple of years. Throughout COVID I wrote a e book about how incest has affected my life and the way artwork helped me to maneuver past the ache,” Litteral mentioned.

The artist mentioned she beginning going to remedy in her 30s, across the identical time she began doing artwork. It was her artwork that first helped her course of what occurred to her as a toddler.

“I don’t assume I might have ever talked about it till I used to be capable of specific it visually. As a result of I couldn’t speak about it,” she mentioned. “This visible illustration of what occurred is far simpler for me than phrases.”

For individuals who have gone by way of experiences, she hopes they will stroll away from the piece with emotions of hope.

“What I would like folks to see is, that if it occurred to you, you’re not alone. There’s a bunch of us on the market. And we’ve your again,” she mentioned. “There’s hope, you may heal.”