The artist and musician Geneviève Castrée’s last work―an expression of love, meant to last more than words
Drawn near the end of her life, surrounded by the nature and calm of Anacortes, Washington, Geneviève Castrée drew one final gift for her two-year-old daughter, the stunning board book A Bubble. Leaving at the back of a last note for a young child is an incomprehensible task; Castrée responds with grace and subtlety. The use of precise, exquisite drawings of herself and her daughter, Castrée depicts changes in their day by day routines as a greater story unfolds. Mother and daughter glide from page to page, encased in a bubble that protects them from the outdoor world. A contemplation of love and loss, A Bubble is a lasting declaration, a final memory, a comfort for others experiencing grief, and a fantastic archive of one of the crucial world’s most talented cartoonist’s final artistic achievements.
Known for her hauntingly beautiful music (under the names Ô PAON and Woelv), engrossingly detailed album illustrations, and delicate, subtle comics, Castrée’s previous graphic novel, Susceptible, shows her rare ability to maintain difficult personal material with intimacy and honesty. A Bubble acts as an extension of her life story and the final chapter of a beautifully full existence. Castrée gave up the ghost in 2016 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.