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, the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, and the Cultural Economic Development Program of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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

The BMW Exhibition Prize for "an outstanding Open or Featured exhibition" in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2013, awarded for the exhibition Marlene Creates: selected works from 30 years, 1982-2012 at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.
jury citation: Marlene Creates powerfully explores the themes of place, landscape, and temporality in images that foreground questions of perception. Poetic and meditative, her work explores the traces of human presence in the environment and invites viewers to consider both our lasting effects on the land, as well as the ephemerality of our presence. We were really struck by the way in which her work explored temporality using the documentary function of photography in ways that weren’t simply about catching a moment but which unfolded in time.

Vernal Pool: A participatory art project about place + precipitation
by Karen Abel with Jessica Marion Barr,
part of Grow Op: Exploring Landscape + Place
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
April 24-27, 2014

Artists' Walks
Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario
guest curated by Earl Miller
January 17-March 16, 2014

Changing Tides: Contemporary Art of Newfoundland and Labrador
guest curated by Patricia Grattan
McMichael Canadian Art Collection,
Kleinburg, Ontario
January 25-June 1, 2014

The Walking Encyclopaedia
AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England, UK
February 7-March 8, 2014

Writing East: Creative Writing in Atlantic Canada,
creative writing conference at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland
May 16, 2014

Artist-in-residence and Community-based Projects
University of British Columbia Okanagan,
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies,
Kelowna, BC
Award Ribbons for Woodhaven Nature Conservancy
in conjunction with Eco-Art Incubator
March 3-24, 2013

Award Ribbons for Places in Pictou County, in collaboration with local participants as part of the W(here) Festival, curated by Mary MacDonald
"a multi-site, performative event on the relationship between community, place and art in Pictou County, Nova Scotia"
June 26-30, 2012

Broadcast media
The Nature of Inspiration, a documentary film by 291 Film Company directed by Ian Toews, features interviews with David Alexander, Dempsey Bob, Edward Burtynsky, John Chalke, Marlene Creates, Aganetha Dyck, Takao Tanabe, Peter von Tiesenhausen, and Robert Wiens, who discuss their work and its relationship to the environment. (45 min, 2012).
Broadcast premier on August 4, 2012 at 6 pm ET, and August 6, 2012 at 8 pm ET
on the CBC Documentary Channel.

Appointments & Professional memberships
associate member of PLaCE (Place Location Context and Environment) International Research Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.
appointed May 25, 2012.

Walking Artists Network, Institute for Performing Arts Development, University of East London, UK.

appointed to the first Advisory Committee on the Environment (ACE) for the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Newfoundland, March 11, 2014

Recent articles and reviews
"Marlene Creates Makes Art in Tune with the Times" blog by Gloria Hickey,
July 22, 2013

"Photographer Marlene Creates Honoured at Contact" by Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, May 31, 2013, p. L4

"Environmental Art and a new Creation: Marlene Creates' Art of Place"
by Jenn Craft
posted in Transpositions, blog of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews, UK
February 27, 2012

"Poetry and Geology: Being Present to the Ancient Earth––Marlene Creates' Boreal Poetry Garden" blog by Hallelujah Truth,
August 21, 2012

"Between Two Points," by Andrea Kunard,
BlackFlash, vol 28.2, Saskatoon, Winter 2011, p. 20-22

"Marlene Creates: Of Words and Woods" by Robert Finley, Canadian Art,
September 15, 2011

"Garden poem," by Tara Bradbury,
The Telegram, St. John's, July 15, 2011

"Into the Woods and Out of the Gallery," by Marlene Creates, The Osprey, journal of Nature Newfoundland & Labrador, vol 42 no 4, Fall 2011, p. 5-7

Recent Publications
–portfolio in KATALOG–Journal of Photography & Video, issue no. 25.3,
Museet for Fotokunst Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2013, p.46-49

–Carmen Concilio. “Marlene Creates’s Eco-Consciousness as Land Artist, Photographer and Poet,” and “Questioning Environmental Issues. An Interview with Marlene Creates,” in New Critical Patterns in Postcolonial Discourse: Historical Traumas and Environmental Issues, Trauben, Turin, Italy, 2012

–Liz Wells. Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity,
I B Tauris, London (UK), 2011

–Patricia Grattan. City Seen: Artists’ Views of St. John’s, 1785-2010, Winter Place Projects, St. John's, 2011

–James Opp and John C. Walsh, ed. Placing Memory and Remembering Place in Canada, UBC Press, Vancouver, 2010

–Ursula A. Kelly and Elizabeth Yeoman, ed., Despite This Loss: Essays on Culture, Memory and Identity in Newfoundland and Labrador, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, 2010

–Sue Sinclair, A Place to Lay Your Head, Essay on Tim Lilburn and Marlene Creates, Arc Poetry Annual 2011, Ottawa

"Impermanence and Temporality,"
Marlene Creates interviewed by Leah Oates,
NY Arts Magazine, November 2008

copyright (c) Marlene Creates, 2013