Virtual Walk of
The Boreal Poetry Garden
on the image above to start.
The artist gratefully
long-standing gratitude to The Canada Council for the Arts and Arts NL
& Labrador Arts Council).
"Underlying all my work has been an interest in place—not as a geographical
location but as a process
that involves memory, multiple narratives, ecology, language, and both
scientific and vernacular knowledge."
art and mapping
boreal forest poetry
Boreal Poetry Garden
landscape and poetry
phenomenology and art
phenomenology and poetry
place-based performance art
poetry art garden
poetry garden walks
site-specific performance art
video-poetry / video-poems
In acknowledgement of those who were here before me, I am grateful to
live and work in the unceded ancestral homeland of the Beothuk,
Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Previous to European settlement, the provincial territory had been
inhabited for over 8 thousand years by a succession of people who have
been called the
Maritime Archaic Indians, the Thule, the Groswater and Dorset
The boreal forest habitat is the home of moose,
caribou, black bear, lynx, red fox, weasel, mink, pine marten, hares,
wolf, chipmunks, shrews, mice, beaver, otter, muskrat, coyote, bats,
voles, squirrels, and numerous species of birds.
of the Ecoart
Network since 2013.
the Earth and the Firmament, Blast Hole Pond Road, Newfoundland 2020
Paul Petro Contemporary
June 4–July 3, 2021
group exhibition, The
Tonic of Wildness, Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland
August 14–September 12, 2021
Fogo Island Arts, Stories
of Social Distancing 2:
posted May 25, 2020.
Recipient of a 2019 Governor General's
Award in Visual and Media Arts for "Lifetime Artistic
portrait of Marlene Creates by The Canada Council for the Arts,
directed by Luc Bourdon.
Spotlight: Marlene Creates," by Anita Barak, Canada Council Art
Bank (posted July 10, 2019).
de l’artiste : Marlene Creates," par Anita Barak, Banque d’art du
Conseil des arts du Canada (10 juillet 2019).
Recipient of the Mary MacDonald Award
for Excellence in Visual Arts (EVAs) from VANL-CARFAC (Visual Artists
Newfoundland and Labrador), which "thanks an
individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and
build the visual arts sector," presented June 14, 2019.
Gibson Garvey, Andrea Kunard, Robert Macfarlane, Don McKay, and Joan M.
Paths, and Pauses, Goose Lane Editions and the Beaverbrook
Gallery, Fredericton, 2017.
also available in a French edition: Marlene
Creates : Lieux, sentiers et pauses
Carmen Concilio. "Marlene Creates:
Land, Nature, and the Forest as Poetry/Museum" in Dialogues between Media,
ed. Paul Ferstl, De Gruyter, Berlin (Germany), vol.5, 2021, p.437–454.
Marlene Creates. "Tuning and Being Tuned By a Patch of Boreal Forest:
Works from The Boreal Poetry Garden, Newfoundland, Canada." In Trees in Literatures and the Arts:
HumanArboreal Perspectives in the Anthropocene, Carmen
Concilio and Daniela Fargione, eds. Lexington
Books, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Ecocritical
Theory and Practices series, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 2021.
Mireille Eagan et al. Future Possible: An Art History of
Newfoundland and Labrador, The Rooms Corporation, St.
John's, and Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, 2021.
Cynthia Imogen Hammond. “Glacier, Plaza,
and Garden: Ecological Collaboration and Didacticism in Three Canadian
Landscapes" in the Special Issue "Eco-Didactic Art, Design, and
Architecture in the Public Realm," Sustainability,
MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), Basel,
Switzerland (posted May 20, 2021).
Marlene Creates. "Award Ribbons for Places." In Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case
Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities,
Amara Geffen, Ann Rosenthal, Chris Fremantle, and Aviva
New Village Press, New York, forthcoming February 2022.
by Jon Pedersen of the retrospective
Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses / Marlene Creates : Lieux, sentiers
et pauses — at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton,
New Brunswick, Canada, September 23, 2017–January 21, 2018.
Marlene Creates: Precise Moments in
an interview with Caitlin Chaisson for Far Afield
posted October 2, 2018