From a young age, Molly Crabapple had the eye of an artist and the spirit of a radical. After a restless childhood on New York's Long Island, she left America to see Europe and the Near East, a young artist plunging into unfamiliar cultures, notebook always in hand, drawing what she observed.
Returning to New York City after 9/11 to study art, she posed nude for sketch artists and sketchy photographers, danced burlesque, and modeled for the world-famous Suicide Girls. Frustrated with the academy and the conventional art world, she eventually landed a post as house artist at Simon Hammerstein's legendary nightclub The Box, the epicenter of decadent Manhattan nightlife before the financial crisis of 2008. Then, after the crash, a wave of protest movements - from student demonstrations in London to Occupy Wall Street in her own backyard - led Molly to turn her talents to a new form of witness journalism, reporting from places such as Guantanamo, Syria, Rikers Island, and the labor camps of Abu Dhabi. Using both words and artwork to shed light on the darker corners of American empire, she has swiftly become one of the most original and galvanizing voices on the cultural stage.
"Compelling reading about how art gave the author 'a way to see, to record, to fight and interrogate…to find joy where once I could see only ash.'" (Kirkus)
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Molly is an exceptional person, and what she has accomplished as an artist, advocate, and writer is truly remarkable. I'm looking forward to reading more about this incredible woman, and also seeing the art books I just ordered!
Reading how Molly grew up from a quiet shy woman, and matured and grew with each experience. She is truly living life to its fullest.
Loved the honesty
Looking forward to learning more about Molly
- Elizabeth Aviles