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, February 7, 2010

Widowsweave at Lighthouse Beach - Day 22

Occasionally, the double lines got blurred - no more than single lines - but it still reminded me of all the widows who go uncounted because they leave no mark to those who are counting.  Jaber Alturfee, Iraqi humanitarian worker and refugee, said that his first job when he returns to Iraq would be to survey - to count, get names and find out how conditions are on the ground, so that budgets and plans can be made.

Today was a beautiful day - the exact opposite of yesterday.  Yesterday I had no time, no sand, everything frozen, strong northeast winds.  Today I had acres of sand, families and lovers out on the beach, sunshine and a branch that left a double line every time.   I racked up 17,200 lines while watching two men and one of their little sons play football and slide on the ice.   Later a young couple came out and they ventured up the mountains of ice - she was wearing a short dress with bare legs and high heel boots!

someone's drawing in the sand - before I arrived

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