Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Two-Room Installation Ideas (After meeting with David Greene)

These are sketches for two-room manifestations of the Widows installation.
A figurative concept would distract form the nature of the piece - focusing on the death of men rather than the need for healing and support for the Widows.

A solution with a path of stone or material to be determined which one must pass in order to enter the chalking (weaving) room seems to be the most elegant solution to the balance of the two rooms and the memorial/ceremonial functions of the separate rooms.

The sticks used to write and chalk the Widows action days may be placed on either side of the entry way, along the side walls of the vestibule, as symbolic remnants of the years ordeal, and emblematic of the tribal nature of contemporary conflict, particularly in Iraq.

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