Several years ago, I found Israeli illustrator Ruth Gwily.
Her work is amazing: she usually focuses on controversial news items, which has gained her a bit of notoriety in the last decade. Her style is playful, almost like a comic book, but the images are unsettling and dark because her viewers know that the illustrations portray a disturbing reality.
Ruth Gwily impresses me so much because her work is alarming without an obvious effort of shock value. Her illustrations are simple yet bold, quiet yet impactful. I love her ideas and their execution, and I also love that there’s humor where I would never think it would fit—but it somehow does.
She’s such a wonderful artist. I would love to visit an exhibit of hers or buy a book of her art one day.
“Allergens in Food,” Yedioth Achronot 2005
“The Most Wanted Terrorist in the World,” Yedioth Achronot 2008 (the CIA only knows what his hands look like)
“Psychiatric Treatments That Implant Traumatic Events in the Patient’s Mind,” Haaretz 2008
“People Held in Mental Hospitals for No Reason,” Maariv 2005
“How Children Destroy Marriage,” New York Times 2009
“Mentally Ill Patients Abused in Prison Ward,” Maariv 2006
“Children Adopted With Mental Illness Caused by the Time They Spent in the Orphanage,” Yedioth Achronot 2006
“Girl Receives Letter From Her Rapist,” Yedioth Achronot 2004
“Creative Writing Therapy Class for Criminal Children,” Yedioth Achronot 2006
“Physical Therapy Through Art” Yedioth Achronot 2004
“Pro-Anorexia Blogs on the Internet,” Yedioth Achronot 2006
“A New & Problematic Method of Fighting Unemployment,” Yedioth Achronot 2005
“Open Adoption,” Yedioth Achronot 2006 (the adopted child stays in touch with his biological mother)
“The Sometimes Deadly Hardships of Being an Art Student,” Ma’ariv 2008
“Grups: The Grown-Ups of Today Stay Teenagers,” Yedioth Achronot 2006