Marlene Creates

A Virtual Walk of
The Boreal Poetry Garden

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The artist gratefully acknowledges her long-standing gratitude to The Canada Council for the Arts and the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council.

Key words
artist's garden
art and mapping
environmental art
environmental poetry
land art
landscape and poetry
memory maps
Newfoundland artist
Newfoundland dialect
Newfoundland poetry
phenomenology and art
phenomenology and poetry
place-based poetry
place-based performance art
poetry art garden
poetry garden walk
poetry walks
site-specific poetry
site-specific performance art
walking artist
walking poet

Gallery Representation
Paul Petro Contemporary Art

Recipient of a 2019 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts for "Lifetime Artistic Achievement".
- video portrait of Marlene Creates, directed by Luc Bourdon.
- Carolyn Stokes, Here & Now CBC TV news, St. John's, March 7, 2019.
- Sam McNeish, The Telegram, St. John's, March 9, 2019.
- CBC News, Q&A with Marlene Creates, March 10, 2019.
- Interview with Timothy Parsons, The Muse, March 25, 2019.

"Artist Spotlight: Marlene Creates," by Anita Barak, Canada Council Art Bank (posted July 10, 2019).
"Portrait 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," June 14, 2019.


Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses
Marlene Creates: Lieux, sentiers et pauses

a touring retrospective exhibition co-curated by Susan Gibson Garvey and Andrea Kunard (organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in partnership with Dalhousie Art Gallery)

With a major publication that includes essays by Susan Gibson Garvey, Andrea Kunard, Robert Macfarlane, and Joan M. Schwartz, and an ekphrastic poem by Don McKay, co-published by Goose Lane Editions and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Tour venues:
1. Beaverbrook Art Gallery,
Fredericton, New Brunswick
September 23, 2017–January 21, 2018.
A video tour of the retrospective exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery by Jon Pedersen:
(18 min. 24 sec.)

2. Dalhousie Art Gallery,
Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 16–May 6, 2018.

3. Confederation Centre Art Gallery,
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
June 9–September 30, 2018.

4. Carleton University Art Gallery,
Ottawa, Ontario
May 21–August 25, 2019.
opening reception:
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 5:00–7:30 pm.
walking tour of the exhibition with co-curator Andrea Kunard and Marlene Creates:
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6 pm.

5. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery,
St. John's, Newfoundland
October 12, 2019–January 19, 2020.
opening reception:
Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30 pm.

another Landscape show
group exhibition
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
February 16–July 1, 2019.

The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2019
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
March 29–August 4, 2019.

Future Possible: Art of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1949 to Present
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland
May 18–September 22, 2019
video interview with Marlene Creates for the exhibition.

University of Turin, Italy,
keynote speaker at the colloquium Trees In/And/Around Literature in the Anthropocene (via Skype)
May 22, 2019.

Recent interview
Marlene Creates: Precise Moments in Particular Spots,
an interview with Caitlin Chiasson for Far Afield
posted October 2, 2018

Recent books and publications
Susan Gibson Garvey, Andrea Kunard, Robert Macfarlane, Don McKay, and Joan M. Schwartz. Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses, Goose Lane Editions and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, 2017.
also available in a French edition: Marlene Creates : Lieux, sentiers et pauses

Luciano Benetton, Peggy Gale, and Francesca Valente. Out of the Bush Garden: Contemporary Artists from Central-Eastern Canada, Imago Mundi, Antiga Edizioni, Crocetta del Montello, Italy, 2017.

Andrea Kunard. Photography in Canada, 1960-2000 / La photographie au Canada, 1960–2000, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2017.

Victoria Dickenson, Laura Brandon, Naomi Fontaine, Patricia Grattan, Laurier Lacroix, Lee Maracle, and Gerald McMaster. The Good Lands: Canada Through the Eyes of Artists, Figure 1 Publishing, Vancouver, BC, 2017.

Catherine Beaudette and Patricia Grattan. Bonavista Biennale: Art Encounters on the Edge / Art et conjonctures, 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects, Duntara, Newfoundland, 2017.

Recent articles and reviews
Sarah Gittins, "Sarah Gittins reviews Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses," ecoartscotland, posted May 10, 2018.

Ray Cronin, "Places, Paths, and Pauses: The Work of Marlene Creates," Halifax Magazine online, April 17, 2018

Eva Crocker. “12 Years of Growth and Transformation in Marlene Creates’ Boreal Poetry Garden,” The Overcast online, St. John's, posted July 18, 2017.

Ray Cronin. “Marlene Creates’ Natural Art,” Atlantic Books Today, Halifax, Fall 2017, p. 56.

Leah Sandals. “16 Art Shows to See This Fall,” Canadian Art online, posted September 21, 2017.

Gil McElroy. “Do No Harm: Marlene Creates,” Re:Sculpt, International Sculpture Centre, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, posted October 25, 2017.

Stephen Dale. “Creates and Cahén in the Spotlight at the Beaverbrook,” National Gallery of Canada online magazine, posted November 21, 2017.

Joan Sullivan. “Underlying all my work has been an interest in place,” The Telegram, St. John’s, November 25, 2017, B10–11.

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