Marlene Creates

Marlene Creates is an environmental artist and poet who lives and works in a six-acre patch of boreal forest in Newfoundland, Canada. Underlying all her work, spanning almost four decades, is an interest in place—not as a geographical location but as a process that involves memory, multiple narratives, ecology, language, and both scientific and vernacular knowledge.

Since the 1970s her work has been presented in over 350 exhibitions and screenings in Canada and in Austria, China, Denmark, England, France, India, Ireland, Korea, Scotland, and the United States.
She has been a guest lecturer at over 200 institutions and conferences across Canada and abroad.
Her work is in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.

In 2013, her solo exhibition at Paul Petro Contemporary Art won the BMW Exhibition Prize in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, and in 2014 her documentary video-poem based on terms in the Newfoundland dialect for ice and snow won the Grand Jury Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival.

Marlene Creates is a recipient of a 2019 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for “Lifetime Artistic Achievement”. Watch 3-minute video portrait that was made in conjunction with the announcement of the award:

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March 3, 2017

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