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 the
& Labrador Arts Council.
art and mapping
landscape and poetry
phenomenology and art
phenomenology and poetry
place-based performance art
poetry art garden
poetry garden walk
site-specific performance art
News, recent and upcoming
What Came to Light at Blast Hole Pond River
Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
May 5 - June 3, 2017
opening reception: Friday, May 5, 7-10 pm.
Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival,
Bonavista Biennale: Art
Encounters on the Edge
a multi-site group exhibition on the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland,
co-curated by Catherine Beaudette and Patricia Grattan
August 17 - September 17, 2017
opening event: Saturday August 19
A Canada 150
Project presented by 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects
Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses
a retrospective exhibition co-curated by
Susan Gibson Garvey and Andrea Kunard
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Fredericton, New Brunswick
September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018
opening: Saturday September 23
With a major
publication by Goose Lane Editions including essays by Susan Gibson Garvey, Andrea Kunard, Robert Macfarlane, and Joan
Schwartz; and an ekphrastic poem by Don McKay.
become stories / Nous connaître un peu nous mêmes
exhibition, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario
inaugural exhibition in the new
October 13, 2017 – April 15, 2018
High Commission, Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, England,
June 15, 2016 at 6 pm.
& the Sublime, Schumacher College/Dartington, Totnes, Devon,
Somerset House, London, England, July 17, 2016 at 1-2 pm.
Nature Art Biennale, video exhibition Water, Korean Nature Artists
Association YATOO, Chungnam, Republic of Korea, August 10-November 30,
Residencies & Workshops
Enlivenment & The Poetics of Place a 5-day workshop with
Marlene Creates, Trevor Goward,
and Don McKay
Clearwater Valley, BC, April 24-29, 2017.
Comma Artist-in-Residence co-sponsored by Musagetes, rare Charitable Research Reserve,
and North House, Cambridge, Ontario, September–October 2016.
on the theme of Walking
4elements Living Arts, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, September 29-October
Valleys Artspace, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England
with Clive Adams of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural
Sunday June 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Special Recognition Award from
the International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture,
Jakarta, Indonesia, announced May 21, 2015.
Royal Reel Award at the 2015 Canada
International Film Festival, Vancouver,
announced February 20, 2015.
Jury Award at the Yosemite
International Film Festival
announced October 30, 2014.
The BMW Exhibition Prize
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.
Brickle, Nish, and Knobbly: A Newfoundland
Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow
by Marlene Creates (Boulder Publications, 2015), hardcover, full
colour, 152 pages
Exploring Place, Memory Maps, and Language
with Marlene Creates, interview with Dale Jarvis for the
Heritage Foundation's Intangible Cultural Heritage and CHMR Radio,
Memorial University, St. John's
September 22, 2016 (30 min.)
with Angela Antle about Brickle,
Nish, and Knobbly on Weekend Arts Magazine, CBC
Radio One, St. John's
April 25, 2015 (12 min.)
Creates - A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms
for Ice and Snow
interview with the Newfoundland
& Labrador Arts Council, posted November 5, 2014.
On Leaving Only Footprints—An Interview
interview with Walter Lewis, University of Sunderland, UK,
The Proust Questionnaire: Marlene Creates
National Gallery of Canada's on-line magazine,
posted May 7, 2014.
Where We Are,
interview with Glenn Bach, Mar
California, posted May 6, 2014.
interview with Leah Oates,
Arts Magazine, November 2008.
The White Water
Gallery presents Marlene Creates, interview with Gil
McElroy, Maclean Hunter Cable 12, North Bay, September 1986 (22 min.)
and Community-based Projects
of British Columbia Okanagan,
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies,
Ribbons for Woodhaven Nature Conservancy
in conjunction with Eco-Art
March 3 - 24, 2013.
Ribbons for Places in Pictou County, in
collaboration with local participants as
of the W(here) Festival, curated
by Mary MacDonald
multi-site, performative event on the relationship between community,
place and art in Pictou County, Nova Scotia"
June 26 - 30, 2012.
& 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.
member of the Walking
Artists Network, Institute for Performing Arts Development,
University of East London, UK.
member of the Ecoart Network,
appointed April 2013.
member of the first Advisory Committee on the Environment (ACE) for
the Town of Portugal
Cove-St. Philips, Newfoundland,
appointed March 11, 2014.
articles and reviews
Vowles, “Poet, environmentalist Marlene Creates to hold memory mapping
workshop and share film about her work”, Guelph Today, Guelph, Ontario,
posted October 12, 2016
Unique Language of Newfoundland”, Hakai
Magazine: Coastal Science and Societies, Victoria, BC,
posted online December 2, 2015
Creates Makes Art in Tune with the Times" blog by Gloria Hickey,
July 22, 2013
Marlene Creates Honoured at Contact" by Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, May
31, 2013, p. L4
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
August 21, 2012
Two Points," by Andrea Kunard,
vol 28.2, Saskatoon, Winter 2011, p. 20-22
Creates: Of Words and Woods" by Robert Finley, Canadian
September 15, 2011
Books and Publications
–Derek Gladwin. “Ecocritical and
Geocritical Conjunctions in North Atlantic Environmental Multimedia and
Place-Based Poetry,” in Ecocriticism
and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial
Literary Studies, eds. Robert T. Tally Jr. and Christine M.
Battista, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke (UK) and New York (USA), 2016.
–Marlene Creates. “A Newfoundland
Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow”,
portfolio in Billie: Undercurrents
in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture, vol. 1, issue 1,
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, 2015, p.6-13.
–Robert Finley. “Marlene Creates’ Boreal
Poetry Garden,” in The Good
Gardener?: Nature, Humanity and the Garden,
Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs, Artifice Books, London (UK), 2014
–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