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

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gillson Park Beach - Wilmette

I chose the cleanest path of snow, along the edge of a sand-bar drop off of a few feet.  I went back and forth, blazing a new path in the snow, reaching further and further out to create an encircling community of lines. Toward the end of the trail, the lines obliterated an earlier path of footprints.  Maybe the new path will direct people through the center, causing people to walk through the center, surrounded by the marks made to remember 7,324 widows - though they couldn't possibly know that.  I feel that the group of lines form a cohesive body, and the path represents movement, direction. 

Some of the last lines resembled birds in flight.  On the otherside, the last few rows of lines caused a lot of turmoil, kicking up sand into the snow and softening the edge of the tiny bluff.

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