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.
“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.”
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
“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, 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
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, 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
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