Marlene Creates

A Virtual Walk of
The Boreal Poetry Garden

Click on the image above to start.

The artist gratefully acknowledges her long-standing gratitude to The Canada Council for the Arts and Arts NL (formerly the Newfoundland & 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."
     —Marlene Creates

Key words
artist's garden
art and mapping
boreal forest poetry
Boreal Poetry Garden
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 walks
poetry walks
site-specific poetry
site-specific performance art
video-poetry / video-poems
walking artist
walking poet

Land acknowledgement
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: the Maritime Archaic Indians, the Thule, the Groswater and Dorset Eskimos.  
    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.

Gallery Representation
Paul Petro Contemporary Art

of the ecoart network since 2013.


Fogo Island Arts, Stories of Social Distancing 2: Marlene Creates
posted May 25, 2020.

Recipient of a 2019 Governor General's Award in Visual  and Media Arts for "Lifetime Artistic Achievement":
- video portrait of Marlene Creates by The Canada Council for the Arts, 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," presented June 14, 2019.


Next Year's Country
group exhibition, Remai Modern, Saskatoon
February 1–October 12, 2020

Thought, outside
group exhibition curated by Amy Kazymerchyk
Western Front, Vancouver
November 12–December 19, 2020

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 Chaisson 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.

copyright (c) Marlene Creates