More Love opens tomorrow at Cheekwood, and inside today's Scene Abby White gives her firsthand account of the exhibit — but as a participant, not just an observer. "First Love" is Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander's conceptual project, and it requires participation from the public to see it through. Abby, guinea pig-ing her way to a good story in the usual fashion, sat with one of Neuenschwander's forensic sketch artists to provide the exhibit with a composite sketch of her first love.
Cicero is a composite sketch artist in Nashville, and I'm describing a man to him. We've already had an in-depth conversation wherein I did my best to recall his height, weight, skin color, hair color, eye color, what he was wearing when I first saw him, and what his most prominent facial feature was. But I'm struggling with the chin.
I close my eyes. I can see it in my head, but I can't articulate it. I flip through the FBI identification book — pages and pages of photos of different shapes of heads, eyes, eyebrows, noses, chins, cheeks and cheekbones, ears, hair, facial hair, facial lines and foreheads — and find one that looks similar, but it still isn't his chin. Nobody's is.
Cicero's training enables him to create sketches of suspected criminals based upon descriptions from eyewitnesses, but the man we're drawing today is no fugitive. Although at the risk of sounding maudlin, I'd argue that this particular man committed a crime against my heart. We're drawing my first love.
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