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, February 26, 2010

Day 41 - North Ave. Beach

My larger heavier stick with a bend at the end made for a challenging time, along with the strong north wind and varying thicknesses of snow.  The end of the branch had a unique hook to it which demanded certain gestures on my part.  some times I would press down and the hook end would stamp a line.  this branch was not to be dragged easily, but at most angles the end would make a two-three inch line.  Turned over- so that the bent part of the branch defied gravity and went straight into the air - the hook would dig a little hole and pull out sand and snow or, if the snow was deeper and of the right consistancy, would simply pierce the snow.  Stamping alludes to various official functions, keeping government record of death, of those who need aid, of discrimination.  Hooking and digging out can be a cleansing or a torturous separation - or a weaving function.  Piercing speaks for itself.

Shalaka,  Sharvari and I  compiled 8,200 lines.

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