first love : rivane neuenschwander

Of all the works by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (currently at the New Museum), I loved this installation the most. It's entitled 'First Love.' It is a collection of forensic sketches made for visitors of the museum when asked to describe the faces of their first love. The artist wasn't there when I came through the museum today. But I was so struck by it nonetheless. There is something so universal about the memory of that significant figure (whomever it may be). It's that much more interesting for a forensic artist to render a sketch of this person – a process only used to find accused criminals. I love the parallels drawn between love and crime in this piece. The viewer is also contributing to the work. It's brilliant. Stop by the museum or write a description of your first love here. It may end up becoming part of the show...you never know.