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: 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.
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.
- Carolyn Stokes, Here & Now CBC TV news, St.
John's, March 7, 2019.
- Sam McNeish, The Telegram, St. John's, March
- CBC News, Q&A
with Marlene Creates, March 10, 2019.
- Interview with Timothy Parsons, The Muse, March 25, 2019.
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.
Next Year's Country
group exhibition, Remai Modern, Saskatoon
February 1–October 12, 2020
group exhibition curated by Amy
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.
Marlene Creates: Precise Moments in
an interview with Caitlin Chaisson for Far Afield
posted October 2, 2018
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
Luciano Benetton, Peggy Gale, and
Francesca Valente. Out of the Bush
Garden: Contemporary Artists from Central-Eastern Canada,
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.
articles and reviews
Gittins reviews Marlene Creates:
Places, Paths, and Pauses,"
ecoartscotland, posted May 10, 2018.
Paths, and Pauses: The Work of Marlene Creates," Halifax Magazine online, April 17,
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.
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.