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, September 17, 2009

Widows Project Ideas

These are sketches for three separate projects around the Widows work.

The first is a reverse lighting situation, of the interactive book/video - triggered by infra-red and lit from inside (below) the book.

The second project is a variation of the projected piece, to be projected on a brick wall outside, with multiple layers of me drawing alone with a live performance of the chalk piece.

This third sketch is the first rendition of my thesis project, involving a simple black room, with a black bar or trough, filled with black sand.  Drawing in the black sand represents the futility and grief.  The darkness.  Perhaps a fan slowly blows away the lines, smoothing out the marks.  the walls, ceiling, floor are covered in a sand paint that will hold chalk line.  Over the duration of the exhibit, lines will be added to the entire surface of the room, creating a lightness out of the dark.  If possible the light will slowly increase in the room, until it becomes all lightness, perhaps blindingly light.

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