ABC Monstrosity is a freaky-fun book designed to thrill adults and kids alike with pages that teach and terrify all at once. As each new letter is introduced with a drawing of a familiar object or animal, the previous ones are continuously combined to create bizarre monstrosities.The detailed drawings are beautifully hand coloured by Shea. ABC Monstrosity includes a zany glossary featuring fascinating scientific facts augmented with humour, the detailed monstrosities have goofball nonsense definitions, but the science behind how we might define more ordinary seeming animals and objects in our lives is surprisingly complex. ABC Monstrosity is both hideous and hilarious, with creepy creations sure to delight children and adults alike.
Shea Proulx spent her twenties going to forest-raves, living with a lot of strange people, and becoming over-educated at Emily Carr and UBC. Immediately after graduating with an MFA she discovered that she was totally pregnant. Juggling motherhood and artistic pursuits proved easier in Calgary, with the help of her mother, a fellow writer who really "gets" it. Her work is a nerdy trip, where memories and observations co-mingle to form sweet psychedelic spaces, and visual narratives steal the show. ABC Monstrosity is Shea's second published book, following her visual meditation on motherhood and creating art, Alice at Naptime.
There are very tidy looking pictures of Shea's studio on her website. www.sheaproulx.com