If you don't know the name Molly Crabapple, you should. You might recognize her style from various projects she's done, ranging from last year's SXSW promo materials to pieces for The Nation, CNN, and The New Inquiry. She is a very politically-minded artist, getting involved in Occupy Wall Street (sometimes inadvertently) and offering up her thoughts on voting and the ongoing story of the women in Pussy Riot. She uses her art not only to express her ideas, but to engage her fans in what's happening in the world around them.
One of Crabapple's latest projects is a beautiful stop-motion animated film, which took two years to complete--with the help of Kickstarter--and is set to the music of Kim Boekbinder. The animation was done by the talented Jim Batt, who combined Crabapple's beautiful, insanely detailed world with Boekbinder's haunting/sweet accordion-filled lament to create a breathtaking love story in just over four minutes.
Check out the video, and then head over to Molly's blog to learn more about her art and the many projects she's involved in.