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 6

Day 6, 1/22/10 - Howard Street Beach. Low 30s, almost calm.
Little monumental sculptures existing on the beach made for a mysterious memorial today while I drew lines around them.

15,700 lines today, though again some were no more that marks in the wet sand or frozen surface.  This time it was more because of the conditions - the top layer of sand was all clumpy and underneath it was frozen, and the end of the stick was curved oddly.  Clear lines were hard to make and caused me to wonder about the number of widows.  When there are so many, some conditions make it impossible to count accurately - dangerous regions, unstable buildings, disease, populations on the move.  For me, the count is almost perfect, but the marks are often unclear.  Someone else looking at the beach couldn't tell how many marks there were.

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