Larch, Spruce, Fir, Birch, Hand,Blast Hole Pond Road (2007–) Marlene Creates
black & white photographs, selenium-toned silver prints,.10½ x 15½ inches,
collection: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Provincial Art Bank.
Marlene Creates is a well known Canadian artist who has inspired me in many ways through her friendship and professional knowledge. We first met on the board of directors of Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador and later served for three years as Co Chairs of the organization.
I remember when Marlene shared her initial thoughts about a new art project - a boreal poetry garden. At the time I was exploring the meaning of gardens and the idea of a poetry garden was very appealing. I've admired her dogged determination to create the Boreal Poetry Garden through physical labour and inspiration. Now the project is in full swing I've attended several of Marlene's initial readings and I even get a mention in one of her poems. A recent article in Canadian Art gives a good overview of her recent work which has moved from the gallery into the landscape itself. Hope you enjoy how words and woods go together.