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


Exhibitions in 2017

Photography in Canada: 1960–2000 /
La photographie au Canada : 1960–2000

group exhibition curated by Andrea Kunard
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
April 6–September 17, 2017.

What Came to Light at Blast Hole Pond River
Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
solo exhibition
a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto
opening reception: Friday, May 5, 7-10 pm May 5–June 3, 2017.

To the Blast Hole Pond River

solo exhibition
Fogo Island Gallery, Fogo Island Inn,
Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland
opening reception: Thursday, May 18, 6-8 pm
May 19–October 22, 2017.

So Lightly Here
Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
group exhibition
opening reception: Friday, June 9, 7-11 pm
June 9–July 15, 2017.

Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Arts
group exhibition curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen
Scrap Metal Gallery
11 Dublin Street, Unit E, Toronto
opening: Wednesday, June 21, 6-8 pm
June 21–September 23, 2017.

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
opening event: Saturday August 19
A Canada 150 Project presented by 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects
August 17–September 17, 2017.

Imago Mundi Canada
group exhibition
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy
August 29–October 29, 2017.

Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and 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:
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Fredericton, New Brunswick
opening: Saturday September 23, 5 pm
September 23, 2017–January 7, 2018

With a major publication including 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.

Canadian High Commission, Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, England,
June 15, 2016 at 6 pm.

Symposium: Language, Landscape & the Sublime, Schumacher College/Dartington, Totnes, Devon, England, June 29–30, 2016.

Walking Women, Somerset House, London, England, July 17, 2016 at 1-2 pm.

Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, video exhibition Water, Korean Nature Artists Association YATOO, Chungnam, Republic of Korea, August 10-November 30, 2016.

Invited Residencies & Workshops
Enlichenment, Enlivenment & The Poetics of Place a 5-day workshop with Marlene Creates, Trevor Goward, and Don McKay
Clearwater Valley, BC, April 24-29, 2017.

Artist Talks
Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England
with Clive Adams of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World,
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.

The Grand Jury Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival
announced October 30, 2014.

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.

Brickle, Nish, and Knobbly: A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow
by Marlene Creates (Boulder Publications, 2015), hardcover, full colour, 152 pages

Interviews posted online
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.)

Interview with Angela Antle about Brickle, Nish, and Knobbly on Weekend Arts Magazine, CBC Radio One, St. John's
April 25, 2015 (12 min.)

Marlene 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 with Marlene Creates
interview with Walter Lewis, University of Sunderland, UK, posted October 1, 2014.

The Proust Questionnaire: Marlene Creates
National Gallery of Canada's on-line magazine,
posted May 7, 2014.

Atlas Place: Understanding Where We Are,
interview with Glenn Bach, Mar Vista, California, posted May 6, 2014.

"Impermanence and Temporality,"
interview with Leah Oates,
NY 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.)

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.

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.

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.

Recent articles and reviews
Andrew Vowles, “Poet, environmentalist Marlene Creates to hold memory mapping workshop and share film about her work”, Guelph Today, Guelph, Ontario, posted October 12, 2016

Emily Urquhart. “The Unique Language of Newfoundland”, Hakai Magazine: Coastal Science and Societies, Victoria, BC, posted online December 2, 2015

"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

Recent 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,
eds. Annette 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

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