Molly Crabapple

The Artful Alchemist

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer based out of New York. Her work combines exquisite visuals with scathing political commentary and satire and has been called “equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S. Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil,” by The Guardian. Molly has exhibited in solo shows in New York and has written for publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, CNN and Newsweek.

Molly cites the Occupy movement as a catalyst for her art to engage politically that lead her to pursue illustrated journalism. She has reported from Abu Dhabi’s migrant labour camps and of the hearings of the military commissions on Guantanamo Bay, producing some of the only images of the war court.

Crabapple illustrated the The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail, a short-film narrated by Jay-Z recounting the impact of the 1973 Rockefeller Drug Laws in New York on the African-American community, notably the mass incarceration of boys and men.

In 2015 Harper Collins published Molly’s illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood, a deeply personal and entrancing account of her life dancing burlesque, modeling for the world-famous Suicide Girls, and her journalism practice.

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