Many of you have probably heard about the artwork where a forensic artist is asked to draw someone’s “first love,” most likely an early boyfriend, girlfriend or any one he or she chooses.
This now classic piece from 2010 by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander has created over 200 sketches by different forensic artists.
“The point of having a forensic artist do these works creates contradictory feelings of love while balancing sentimentality,” says the conceptual artist whose wide-ranging, interdisciplinary works also includes painting, film, and sculptures.
The work is being presented this fall at the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville and they are looking for forensic artists for three Saturdays starting in late September. They can offer a day rate and travel assistance.
Neuenschwander’s First Love will be part of the exhibition More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s, September 20, 2013 to January 5, 2014. One First Love participant during the More Love exhibition when it debuted in Chapel Hill at the Ackland Art Museum said she was motivated to participate because she had recently broken up with her fiancée and thought the process would be cathartic.
After the two-hour session, the young scientist said the process was intense, bringing a range of feelings, many she didn’t expect, promoting her to take the wellspring of emotion back into enjoying the exhibition.
If you are interested, please contact Jochen Wierich, Curator of Art, Cheekwood Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, (615) 353-6995.