(Music by Mark McAdam)
Editors’ note: There is some (illustrated) nudity in this video.
Artist Scott Lenhardt’s 24 Hour Woman calendar is an honest, lighthearted and surprisingly powerful depiction of what it means to be a woman in 2013. Over the course of the year, this big-haired, quirkily nude character will wrestle an alligator, paint a masterpiece, and install an air conditioner, all with a kind of cheeky confidence and panache (which definitely rubs off on the viewer).
As Scott whittled a wooden bird on the cabin porch, he told me that he set three rules for himself while drawing the 24 Hour Woman: every image must show at least one breast; he could use no visual references for anything he drew; and he had up to three tries to draw each picture, whereupon he had to choose one. These limitations kept the drawings fresh and unlabored throughout the year, with a decidedly free and un-precious feeling to them.
Scott says that he’s already collecting a list of new actions for the Woman of the future, in case he decides to make another calendar. He’s also confessed that he has a rather practical reason for drawing her naked: if he had to draw her clothed every day he would run out of ideas for what she can wear. No doubt.
Alex Rappoport is an award-winner director, cinematographer, and editor based in upstate New York.
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