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 artist's 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, Live 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.
"A compelling memoir that blends observation, personal revelation and scholarly inquiry." (Los Angeles Times)
"This esoteric, organic meditation on life as an art object is itself a model of personal writing, perfect for those on either side of the easel." (Publishers Weekly)
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Loved the narrator, Eva Hamilton!
Very well done!
I appreciated the research that must have been done, concerning art history. The novel was well thought out, nicely written, and presented in such a way to keep my interest.
Lovely memoir mixed with critical essay. Rooney's prose is engaging and illuminating; she expertly crafts her personal experience as an artist's model against an underpinning of art history that makes for an outstanding read.
The narrator's voice was absolutely perfect for this book...engaging with just the right amount of sexiness.
- Amethyst T.