Marlene Creates’s theoretical and studio research interests include: photography, relational aesthetics, ecology, poetry, and place. Since 2002 her principal artistic venture has been to closely observe and work with the 6 acres of boreal forest where she lives in rural Newfoundland.
Her artwork, spanning 3 decades, has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience, memory, language and the land, and the impact they have on each other. Since the 1970s her work has been presented in over 250 solo and group exhibitions across Canada and in Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Denmark and the USA.
Her art practice incorporates her work as an educator, environmentalist and community arts activist. She has devoted many years of volunteer work to the arts community, serving nine years on the board of Eastern Edge Gallery, ten years on the Arts & Letters Committee of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, two years on the national council of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and four years on the board of VANL-CARFAC working for artists’’ rights.
She has also been the curator of several nationally touring exhibitions, worked in artist-run centres, and taught visual arts at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. She has been a guest lecturer at over 100 institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Oxford, the University of Hartford, the University of the West of England, and many Canadian universities.
Her work is in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. In 2001 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. www.marlenecreates.ca