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      Molly Crabapple

      Molly Crabapple

      Molly Crabapple is an award-winning artist living in New York. She learned to draw in a Parisian bookstore, and once sketched her way into a Turkish jail. Her recent projects are “Week in Hell,” in which she locked herself in a hotel room, covered the walls in paper, and filled 270 square feet of wall with art; “I Have Your Heart,” a stop-motion short film created with musician Kim Boekbinder and animator Jim Batt; and, currently, “Shell Game,” a series of large-scale paintings about the revolutions of 2011 that will be on exhibition publicly in Spring 2013.

      By Molly Crabapple Aug 4, 2014

      Slaves of Happiness Island

      What's often lost in the reporting about foreign labor in the United Arab Emirates is the agency of the workers themselves. The men I met in the Gulf are brave and ambitious—heroes to their families back home. They dared to chase better prospects and were…

      By Molly Crabapple Aug 4, 2014
      By Molly Crabapple Jun 26, 2014

      Caught Between ISIS and Assad

      "ISIS are good fighters, but we fucked them," Yusuf Halap said in fluent English. I was sitting with Yusuf and two other young media activists in the Bab al Salam camp for internally displaced Syrians, a hundred yards south of the Turkish border. Bab al S…

      By Molly Crabapple Jun 26, 2014
      By Molly Crabapple Jun 2, 2014

      I Confronted Donald Trump in Dubai

      Donald Trump's hair should not be. It sits on his head like a soufflé, both airy and solid, as improbable as any building to which he's given his name. At a press conference last month, I asked him about the paltry wages his company pays to the migrant wo…

      By Molly Crabapple Jun 2, 2014
      By Molly Crabapple Mar 26, 2014

      Theater of Justice

      In the past three years, I've sketched many courtrooms and seen the "widget factory" that is the criminal justice system firsthand. Courtrooms are a violent theater. The violence happens off-scene, but the courtroom itself is the performative space, the s…

      By Molly Crabapple Mar 26, 2014
      By Molly Crabapple Jan 27, 2014

      On Turning 30

      Age is a weapon society uses against women. Each year that you gain comfort in your own flesh, your flesh is seen as worth less. Thirty, like 40 or 50, is a demarcation line, but a particularly loaded one. Cross it, says the world, and you leave the trifl…

      By Molly Crabapple Jan 27, 2014
      By Molly Crabapple Jul 31, 2013

      It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This

      A T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan IT DON'T GITMO BETTER THAN THIS is perhaps the definitive physical manifestation of globalization. Sewn in Honduras and sold by Jamaican contractors on land rented from Cuba, the shirt celebrates an American prison hol…

      By Molly Crabapple Jul 31, 2013
      By Molly Crabapple Jun 5, 2013

      Filthy Lucre

      Artists too have their myths. The lies told to artists mirror the lies told to women. Be good enough, be pretty enough, and that guy or gallery will sweep you off your feet, to the picket-fenced land of generous collectors and two and a half kids. But, ma…

      By Molly Crabapple Jun 5, 2013
      By Molly Crabapple May 7, 2013

      Why Draw Pictures?

      Where the respectable avert their gaze, artists stare. In the Renaissance, we dissected bodies in order to grasp the workings of a shoulder joint. We drew naked models at a time when women corseted themselves neck to knees. We took rooms in brothels and c…

      By Molly Crabapple May 7, 2013