In the ODD Gallery: Marianne Pon-Layus

Marianne Pon-Layus 
(Montreal, QC)  |  Final Girl
November 15 – December 15, 2018
Opening Thursday, November 15th
Artist Talk at 7:30PM | Reception to follow


Final Girl depicts fantasies and still images from B-movies and horror films. Here, Marianne Pon-Layus shows these images for what they are: cruel, seminal, primitive and even liberating, portraying female protagonists acting ambiguously in equally ambiguous situations. These are anti-heroines that stand up to popular movie culture’s stereotypes and mechanisms of seduction and sexualized socializing. If pornography as a genre is about sex, then horror is clearly about gender. In her recent works, Pon-Layus imagines a wide range of rich and dark ways of being,whether it be through symbolic metamorphosis, body-based transgression or pictoral experimentation.



Pon-Layus lives in Montreal, where she draws and paints.

She explores the influence of power relations and stereotypes on the construction of identity in her work.

In 2012, Pon-Layus received her Master’s of Fine Art from the Université du Québec à Montréal’s School of Visual Arts and Media, where she previously won the teacher fund scolarship. She has exhibited her work in Montreal’s distinguished galleries including Art Mûr (2012), the B-312 Gallery (2013), the Outremont Art Gallery (2014) and New Eldorado (2015). In 2015 and 2016, she exhibited in Quebec, Sweden and Belgium as an artiste in residency.

Image: Marianne Pon-Layus, Don’t Deliver Us from Evil, acrylic on free canvas, 180 x 131,5 cm, 2018