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NOV 2018

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seniorstar.com/parklouisville 28 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 THE BIT SHIFT Everything changes when you get naked in a classroom. What you'd have called a nip in the air when you had your clothes on counter-intuitively becomes a sweat-inducing heat, something especially unpleasant when every pore in your body is on display in the light, which is sometimes harsh. There's a stage or a pedestal or maybe a chair or a mattress, on which you'll want to lay the towel you should have brought with you. You should also bring a robe and some slippers — things that may or may not be provided for you. Sometimes there's a pole to lean on. Sometimes it's just the floor. And then there's a teacher and all the students, maybe 10 in an advanced class and about 20 in an introductory course. That's how they do it at U of L, anyway, where Olivia Klotz has been landing occasional gigs as a nude model for art classes since about 2011, before she completed her bachelor's in biology. The class will be long. Like three-and-a- half-hours long. Drawing classes will start with short sketches of different poses — two seconds, five seconds, 10 seconds — and work up to longer poses of 20-plus minutes, though 30 minutes is the general maximum for standing poses. Sometimes there's a timer. Sometimes the teacher calls out when the model needs to shift positions. Sometimes the model counts Mississippis in her head. If it's a longer pose, it will likely be a reclined or seated one, and if it's long enough that a model might need a break partway through, the instructor will put tape around the contours of the body so the model will be able to reassume the position. Klotz is really good at that. She considers it a source of pride. Klotz was not exactly proud, to begin with. "I didn't love myself. I didn't like myself very much," she says. So she decided to do something about it. "I was like, I'm gonna face this head-on, and if I can do this, then I'm gonna learn to grow and be OK with who I am in this body that I've been given." It was affirming. Having her body scrutinized in a way that, rather than passing judgment, implied its normalcy. Classes want all types of bodies: big, small, young, old, male, The Naked Truth Being an art model is revealing in unexpected ways. By Dylon Jones

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