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

Saturday, April 2, 2016

New Work at Faculty Show

Check out two interactive pieces and a music video - all new- at the Faculty Exhibition.
Hope to see you at the reception on April 8th from 6-8!  The show is up from now until May 29th.
Schoenherr Gallery

Schoenherr Gallery

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lyrics to my New Song

Lyrics to my newest song:


Leave it all. Carry hope
Leave it all. Carry hope
Land and sea
Skies and me
Coming home

Sing again. Peaceful men
Sing again. Peace women
Land and sea
Skies and me
Coming home
Smile with your eyes
Grasp the sunrise
The day has come
We are one
We are one. On this earth
We are one. On this earth
Land and sea
Skies and me
Smile with your eyes
Grasp the sunrise
The day has come
Nahnu Wahidun
Leave it all. Carry hope
Leave it all. Carry hope
Land and sea
Skies and me
Coming home

Kevin Valentine 2016

Sort of a slow anthem in Bbm
Could mean a lot of things, but I was thinking of refugees in flight.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Widows #5: Widowsweave Performance remembered

Widows#5 Performance/Installation was one of my best media pieces of the series. Projection of up to five videos of me completing an earlier performance was layered on top of a live performance of Widowsweave on a chalkboard that I built on which 3 million intersections of line are drawn.
Video documentation on Vimeo:

Monday, January 18, 2016

From 6 years ago: 43 Days

This photo is from this blog, January 18, 2010.  These lines were drawn in the sand at South Blvd. Beach in Evanston on the second day of my 43 days.  Commemorating widows in Iraq with a unbelievable, inaccurate estimate of the sheer numbers through the dead of winter was in turns moving, somber, preposterous, beautiful, and provocative.  Though I haven't finished the 3 million lines for a variety of reasons, I feel that this may have been my most successful work to date.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

25 Year Anniversary

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Gulf War (bombing in Operation Desert Storm) and the fascinating video-game-like coverage that was as enthralling as it was sanitized. I will try to post something here or on Facebook or other social media from my artistic journey since that time relating to the war, the Iraqi people, widows and by extension all war and its impact, as well as the healing effect of art as response.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lines in the Sand - 2/28/15 participation

Tomorrow marks 5 years since the Widowsweave-43days-Lines in the Sand performance where many volunteers and I drew over half a million lines in the sand (and through the snow into the sand) to highlight the plight of Widows in Iran, and 24 years since the end of what The Gulf War. Now I want you to draw your "line in the sand" literally, artistically, metaphorically, in the sand, on paper, in the air, or in whateverway you find meaningful.  Then post it to my artistactivist facebook page, to instagram as consciousv, or to twitter @consciousv.

#artistactivist, #consciousv, #linesinthesand

Monday, June 10, 2013

Back in Blogger - Update

Hi  - It's been a while since I've blogged to this site.  Google has changed a bunch of stuff and I now have two Google accounts so they wanted some sort of link to Google plus....

Anyway, I'm mostly posting to my kevinvalentine.net and artistactivist.com sites right now, but hope to get a blog going more from a personal point of view soon.

I will try to keep this up as much as possible as well.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Belated Totals from Manifest 2011

Approximately 120 participants commemorated Iraqi Widows with 13,989 lines drawn in grids, pictures and messages on a chalkboard, two large panels and the asphalt at Manifest 2011.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Widowsweave at Maninfest

Artistactivist Presents: Widowsweave will be present at Manifest
May 13th Noon-7 900 South Wabash - Outside
Add your mark - Draw chalk lines for Iraq's widows - on chalk boards and on the pavement.
Join Kevin in this Widowsweave event.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sunday's Fundraiser

Had a great 1st fundraiser on Sunday, raising almost $500 towards Artistactivist and Widowsweave project.  Will be planning more Widowsweave events soon.  Thanks to all who participated, donated or otherwise helped out.  Special thanks to Colleen and Justin at Work Studio in Chicago for donating the space, and Ramah Jihan for a beautiful set of music.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Fundraiser Set

Artisactivist, Valentine's not-for-profit will be holing its first Fundraiser at Work Studio in Chicago on April 3rd.  Please come and support the artist's efforts to raise awareness of the conditions of Iraqi widows.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time Expands

I'm up at nights thinking of how slow I've been at getting Widowsweave  into galleries and spaces.  Is it life or disorganization, timidity or timing?  I've had a couple of apps and grants not quite get accepted, but there is a haze on the whole project which I have to clear away.  I have to buckle down and find the time and space to make real progress, only without depleting our resources.  Until I receive a grant or find employment, I have to stay on the cheap.  There is still much I can do.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lines in the Sand: 20th Anniversary of Gulf War on MLK Day

Alyssa and I went out on North Montrose Beach in the freezing rain as drew 2000 lines in the sand for the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War.  After a year and a half of performances, and such a long gap since my last performance, I found that I was thinking more about the project and its efficacy as activism and art than about the widows themselves.  I think that I need to keep with my vision of engaging community in this project or it will become just a counting exercise.
2000 lines
 Ice formations
 January 17th Commemoration
 Lines in sand-on-snow-on-sand
 Like sentinals