Shawn Sheehy uses the engaging nature of pop-up books to bring attention to sensitive subjects.
Let’s listen in:
ArtPlantae: You say you use pop-ups to “facilitate the delivery of a potentially distasteful message.” What are some of the distasteful messages you have presented through pop-up books?
Shawn: I think what might be most distressing is the idea that there are too many people for most ecosystems to operate in the way in which they evolved. I personally don’t like to think of myself as part of an “infestation” species — but it’s the name we humans give to other species who are consuming more than their share of supplies, so I suppose we have to own it for ourselves…