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

Sunday, January 24, 2010

WidowsWeave: Day 8

Today was a wonderful thaw, 45 degrees with a south wind, the remainder of the lowest low pressure front to ever hit the West coast.  It was overcast with some mist, but it didn't rain on us.  Jaber and I did line for line while talking about the project, Iraq Foundation, Iraqi Mutual Aid Society...  This made counting lines harder, but the meaning more rewarding.  I had a heavy dull branch to draw with, so we switched off once, then later took turns with the lighter, sharper branch.  We completed 16,500 lines and covered the entire end of the beach north of the concrete pier where we were observed by a dozen or so gulls.  Jaber also tried to teach me to say "Kevin draws lines in the sand to benefit widows in Iraq" in Arabic, but it is very hard - especially when trying to count lines.

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