“Art is hope against cynicism, creation against entropy,” she writes. “To make art is an act of both love and defiance.”
If you’ve followed Haute Macabre for a long time now, you know that we are old admirers of Molly Crabapple. From founding the worldwide Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School parlors, posing alongside Erin and I on Suicide Girls, becoming a contributing editor to Vice, and more, to then witnessing the devastating financial crisis and its subsequent fallout. After the crash and amidst the wave of protest movements—from student demonstrations in London to Occupy Wall Street in her own backyard—Molly turned her talents to a new form of writing which she called witness journalism. Dubbed “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone, she went on to write and illustrate stories from Guantanamo to Syria to Rikers Island to the labor camps of Abu Dhabi.
Available now is her memoir, Drawing Blood, detailing her experiences and opinions on art, sex, and politics. I anxiously awaited my copy since the pre-sale launched over the summer, and am thoroughly enjoying it thus far. You may purchase yours now at your favorite local book seller or on Amazon.