Behind the Scenes Painting

Working on Shell Game means I often spend 10-12 hours a day in front of a giant piece of wood, wearing Fred’s old shirts, punching my hands so they work and trying to create a convincing universe.


laying down tape to make stripes

Working this much means that I seldom leave the loft, which is devolving into a sort of troll-cave. I only eat to make my stomach shut up, and feel like I’m bleeding paint.


Zuccotti Park Hair

It’s kind of nice.

Being in front of that wood panel is simple. At this point, I know exactly what to do.

I just have to stand there a hundred hours and do it

P.S. Just to keep from complete troll-devolution, I managed to escape to a fairy castle for the weekend.

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    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural "The Bore of Babylon" as "a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the United States Library of Congress and the New York Historical Society.

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