Geneviève Elverum, nee Castrée, the Canadian illustrator and musician who recorded under the names Ô Paon and Woelv, has passed away after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last spring. She was 35 years old. Her husband, Phil Elverum of the Microphones and Mount Eerie, announced the news last night on the GoFundMe page he started last month to help pay for her treatment:
Geneviève died today at 1pm.
She was truly driven to work and stay living right up to the last minute, insisting on getting up and going to work in her studio way beyond when many would have surrendered to rest.
Last night and this morning she declined quickly and receded into her own eyes as her body vetoed her wishes, her lungs filling with fluid. She died at home with me and her parents holding her, hopefully having reached some last minute peace.
It’s all very sad and surreal. So much is left unfinished for her. She was a firehose of brilliant ideas that never turned off.
We loved her and everything is weird now.
Thank you for all the money, all the support and love.
Born in Loretteville, Quebec in 1981, Elverum became a celebrated cartoonist when she was a teenager and published a number of independent comics books under her maiden name. We named her musical project Woelv a Band To Watch way back in 2007. She is survived by her husband and their year-old daughter.