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

Friday, January 22, 2010

WidowsWeave: Day 5

1/21/10 WidowsWeave Day 5 - 31st St. Beach, 30 degrees, 20mph East wind, freezing rain. 12,000 lines. Lines in the sand have become tallies, and tallies have become mechanical divets due to the awful weather and helped by the little twist at the end of the branch I was using.


In the crusty snow, some of the lines are stabs, some are cuts, some barely make a mark.


This day was more about endurance than memory, survival above commemoration.  Sheet Ice formed on my right side where the rain had frozen on my hood.  The camera, wrapped in plastic and mounted under a shelter, still got rain on the lens which stopped the lens cover from closing till this morning.

The last thousand lines, a police car perched on the access road to see what kind of person would be out there doing whatever.

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