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

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To the Ice's Edge

Lines today were more deliberate though the deep snow (largest in a decade in 24 hours).  I drew the lines from the fence straight to the water's edge, over the ice hills, till it dropped off where the broken ice might have water underneath.  At the edge I stepped into a small crevasse, and broke the stick in two.

I'm not sure how these more difficult line drawing conditions help or hinder the process of memorializing the widows.  I struggle more, but I also think more about the safety, the patterns, the counting and less about the widows and there struggle.  It's a mixed bag metaphorically and artistically.  But I have to try different thing to avoid it being stale and predictable - unless stale and predictable is the point: another day, another 10,000 widows.

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