Lunchtime Talk: Marlene Creates
Wed 14 October, 1pm, Deveron Arts Office
Tuned By a Patch of Boreal Forest in Newfoundland
Join us for a talk with Marlene Creates, as well as good conversation and food.
Marlene Creates's theoretical and studio research interests include photography, ecology, and poetry. Underlying all her work, spanning over 35 years, is an interest in place — not as a geographical location but as a process that involves memory, multiple narratives, ecology, language, and both specialized and vernacular knowledge. For the past decade, she has held multi-sensorial public performative events in the six acres of boreal forest she inhabits in Newfoundland, Canada, which she has named The Boreal Poetry Garden. These events have included collaborations with nature poets, boreal ecologists, geologists, wildlife and bird biologists, acoustic sound artists, and contemporary dancers — all serving as facilitators to connect people to the boreal forest ecosystem through walking, listening, observing, touching, tasting, and exchanging knowledge.
Since the 1970s Marlene Creates's work has been presented in over 300 exhibitions across Canada and in Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Denmark, the USA, and China. Her work is in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. She has been a guest lecturer at over 150 institutions and conferences, both in Canada and abroad. Her video-poems have been screened in Austria, Canada, India, and the USA, where she won the Grand Jury Award at the 2014 Yosemite International Film Festival. She has been invited by the Edinburgh College of Art as an Academic Visitor in the "Art, Space + Nature" Masters programme at the Edinburgh College of Art from September to December 2015.