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

Monday, February 22, 2010

Week 5 totals

Week 5 totals:

Day 35 total - 2,340
Day 34 total - 9,046
Day 33 total - 0
Day 32 total - 2,000 
Day 31 total - 15,400 
Day 30 total - 10,500
Day 29
total - 28,000 lines
Wk 5 total: 67,286

43 Days performance total: 364,656 lines
(goal 430,000)
Widowsweave: Lines in the Sand total: 387,796 lines
(goal 3,000,000)

Wk 4 total: 30,110
Wk 3 total: 71,900
Wk 2 total: 85,810
Wk 1 total: 109,550
Previous Lines in the Sand: 23,140

1 comment:

  1. At first I was troubled by marking lines. It's the same way I mark absences in my classroom, and I didn't want my lines to be memorials of absence; so I consciously focused on presence. It wasn't until line 350 or so that I suddenly remembered that I had been a widow at one time in my young adulthood. I thought it was odd that I hadn't made that connection. I found it comforting to think about though. I thought about all the people who had helped me and all the ways I felt loved. My hope is that the war widows in Iraq have the same strong support structures surrounding them. This activity made me think deeply too about what 'art' is. I thought I had a pretty broad definition, but this quiet simple event touched me in such profound ways--more deeply than many single pieces of visual art that I've loved over the years.