Live Nude Girl, My Life as An Object

Live Nude Girl, My Life as An Object

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Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object is a lively meditation on the profession of art modeling as it has been practiced in history and as it is practiced today. Kathleen Rooney draws on her own experiences working as an artists’ model, as well as the famous, notorious, and mysterious artists and models through the ages. Through a combination of personal perspective, historical anecdote, and witty prose, Life Nude Girl reveals that both the appeal of posing nude for artists and the appeal of drawing the naked figure lie in our deeply human responses to beauty, sex, love, and death.

Baker & Taylor
Collects essays about the years the author spent as a professional nude model.

Book News
Rooney, a poet and author, also has spent many years as a professional nude model. She has posed for classes, amateur artists, individual painters, sculptors and photographers. In this series of essays, some published elsewhere, she gives her insights into the work. She notes that, unlike other jobs, she rarely has to deal with sexual harassment. Muscle spasms, chills and boredom are more common problems. As she tells anecdotes of her life as a model, interspersed with examples from literature, film and art history, Rooney reminds the reader that, as the model in Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George said, "There's a person here...." When the person is nude and on display, this is often ignored. Rooney brings the humanity back into the object of the model. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781557288912
Branch Call Number: 709.2 ROONE ROONE
Characteristics: xi, 183 pages ; 24 cm


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