Marlene Creates – CVAG Artist in Residence 2022

June 4 2022 / 4:00pm - June 26 2022 / 10:00am

The Comox Valley Art Gallery continues its place-based programming with land/lens/text-based artist Marlene Creates (pronounced “Kreets”) whose practice has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience, memory, language and the land, and the impact they have on each other. Creates is an environmental artist and poet, whose art practice includes photography, video, scientific and vernacular knowledge, walking and collaborative site-specific performance with the more-than-human world that surrounds her. Creates lives and works in the six-acre patch of old-growth boreal forest where she lives at the edge of the 920-acre Blast Hole Pond Conservation Area in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

During this installation / community engagement / site-specific residency Marlene Creates will have opportunities to experience this place and to engage with the local community.

June 4 – 26
CVAG Artist-in-Residence 2022
At the McLoughlin Gardens Residence

June 15
Artist Engagement + Make Art Project with School District 71
Private webinar — email to request access

June 16
Public Art Opening + Artist Talk
Public, in-person at CVAG + online

June 18 (*rain date June 19)
Artist Led Walk
11AM – 4PM
Brian & Sarah McLoughlin Park
*The walk will be postponed to June 19 same time if the weather is rainy/stormy.

June  22
Artist Talk / Poetry Readings / Make Art
Marlene Creates + Don McKay / The Boreal Poetry Garden
5 – 7PM (coinciding with downtown summer Farmer’s Market series)
Public in person at CVAG

June 15 – September 10
Marlene Creates: Works from Blast Hole Pond Road, Newfoundland 2002–2021
Œuvres réalisées au chemin Blast Hole Pond, Terre-Neuve 2002–2021

Solo Exhibition at CVAG
10AM – 6PM, Wednesdays to Saturdays

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is honoured and privileged to be present on the Unceded Territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. CVAG recognizes the enduring presence of First Nations people on this land.

CVAG is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with artists, guest curators, writers, cultural advisors, community partners, our volunteers, donors + members. CVAG’s convergent programming is made possible through the support of our funders: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Government of Canada, Province of BC, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, Comox Valley Regional District, BC Gaming, The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council / local support: ABC Printing, SD71 Print Shop, Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, Muir Engineering Ltd., Izco Technology Solutions, Shine-Eze, Cumberland Village Works, Sid Williams Theatre Society, School District 71 Indigenous Education, McLoughlin Gardens Society.


1: Marlene Creates, photo: Bernard Fougères.
2: McLoughlin Gardens, Seaside Artist Residence.