Marlene Creates Visual Artist
Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

Marlene Creates, Visual Artist

Marlene Creates is an environmental artist whose retrospective exhibition, Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses, is currently touring Canada. She has presented her work across Canada and abroad in over 350 exhibitions and screenings, and delivered more than 200 guest lectures. She has held over 40 site-specific multidisciplinary events in The Boreal Poetry Garden. Her work is in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.

She has been the curator of several exhibitions, worked in artist-run centres, and taught visual arts at various colleges and universities. Marlene has received many awards for her work, including the CARFAC National Visual Arts Advocate Award and the Grand Jury Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2001. Marlene lives and works on a six-acre patch of Newfoundland boreal forest, which has been the focus of her work since 2002.

www.marlenecreates.ca

“Marlene Creates proceeds like a quintessential phenomenologist . . . her work has depended on a condition of acute receptivity, a kind of porousness—in which she opens herself to a place, a situation, a set of circumstances.”

—Susan Gibson Garvey, Curator

“During forty years of practice, Creates has produced significant work that exists at the crux of the cultural and the natural. She has been, and continues to be, an active part of the history of conceptual practice in Canada. Her works in photography, video, and performance offer a compelling and lyrical reflection on human experience, memory, language, and the land.

Marlene Creates works as an educator, environmentalist, and community arts activist, and she has been a major advocate for culture and the visual arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Nominators:
Anne Chafe, Executive Director, Museums and Galleries, The Rooms; Mireille Eagan, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division; and Melony Ward, Publisher and Director of Business Enterprise, Canadian National History Society

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“She has been, and continues to be, an active part of the history of conceptual practice in Canada. Her works in photography, video, and performance offer a compelling and lyrical reflection on human experience, memory, language, and the land.”

Selected works

Marlene Creates, About 8½ Minutes from the Sun to the Moon to the River to My Face to the Camera, Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2012, ©CARCC, a pair of pigment-based digital photographic prints, each 84 x 107 cm

Marlene Creates, HIDDEN HISTORIES AND INVISIBLE STORIES, the City of Hamilton and the Royal Botanical Gardens, 2000, ©CARCC, 1 (of 5) painted, water-jet cut steel markers with concrete footings, 86 x 71 cm, on poles 2.4 m high. Photo: Marlene Creates. A signpost on the shore of a lake.

Marlene Creates, HIDDEN HISTORIES AND INVISIBLE STORIES, the City of Hamilton and the Royal Botanical Gardens, 2000, ©CARCC, 1 (of 5) painted, water-jet cut steel markers with concrete footings, 86 x 71 cm, on poles 2.4 m high

Marlene Creates, Larch, Spruce, Fir, Birch, Hand, Blast Hole Pond Road, Newfoundland 2007 (and ongoing), ©CARCC, selenium-toned silver gelatin photographic prints, image size: each 27 x 39 cm. Canada Council Art Bank collection. Photo: Marlene Creates. Six pictures of the same hand in the same position on various trees.

Marlene Creates, Larch, Spruce, Fir, Birch, Hand, Blast Hole Pond Road, Newfoundland 2007 (and ongoing), ©CARCC, selenium-toned silver gelatin photographic prints, image size: each 27 x 39 cm. Canada Council Art Bank collection

Marlene Creates, Sea Ice, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, March 2014, HD video projection with text, projection: 198 x 343 cm, from the series A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow, installation view at Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto. Photo courtesy of Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, and Fogo Island Arts  A projection of a picture of ice.

Marlene Creates, Sea Ice, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, March 2014, HD video projection with text, duration: 14 min., projection: 198 x 343 cm, from the series A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow, installation view at Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto. Photo courtesy of Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, and Fogo Island Arts

Marlene Creates, Stones, England 1980, from the series Paper, Stones and Water (1979–1985), ©CARCC, azo dye (Cibachrome) photograph, image size: 33 x 50 cm. Collections: Canada Council Art Bank, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, National Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery. Photo: Marlene Creates. A horizontal line of white rocks placed on gray pebbles.

Marlene Creates, Stones, England 1980, from the series Paper, Stones and Water (1979–1985), ©CARCC, azo dye (Cibachrome) photograph, image size: 33 x 50 cm. Collections: Canada Council Art Bank, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, National Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery

Marlene Creates, Water Flowing to the Sea Captured at the Speed of Light, Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2002-2003 (Spring 2003), 1 (of 8) chromogenic photographic prints, each print: 102 x 152 cm. National Gallery of Canada. Photo: Marlene Creates. A set of blurry self-portraits taken under water.

Marlene Creates, Water Flowing to the Sea Captured at the Speed of Light, Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2002-2003 (Spring 2003), ©CARCC, 1 (of 8) chromogenic photographic prints, each print: 102 x 152 cm. National Gallery of Canada collection

Marlene Creates, September 15, 2015, from the series What Came to Light at Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2015–(ongoing), ©CARCC, diptych of colour photograph and text; pigment-based digital photographic print, 61 x 168 cm. Photo: Marlene Creates. Two panels—the left one is a picture of a moose, the right one has white text on a black background.

Marlene Creates, September 15, 2015, from the series What Came to Light at Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2015–(ongoing), ©CARCC, diptych of colour photograph and text; pigment-based digital photographic print, 61 x 168 cm

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