Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer who combines those two crafts to produce cutting edge journalism on some key global topics. She’s reported and drawn from Guantanamo, worked with Syrian activists to depict scenes from inside ISIS strongholds, and most recently returned from refugee encampments in Greece.
Molly is a contributing editor to VICE and her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Newsweek and elsewhere. Her art is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
She describes how she uses art in the service of journalism—something frankly that is unique and totally innovative. I’ve posted an art work of hers so you can get a sense of her style. Her memoir Drawing Blood was published to critical in 2015.
Scenes from the Syrian War is a collection illustrated articles serialized in Vanity Fair, made in collaboration with an anonymous source within Syria. Using photos sent via cell phone, Molly recreates rare glimpses of daily life in ISIS-occupied Syria. You can see more of her art at MollyCrabapple.com