Marlene Kawalez was born in Southern Ontario, where she lived, studied and experimented with three-dimensional sculptural forms through clay. She studied Graphic Design in Toronto and attended various workshops across Canada and the United States, experimenting with a variety of techniques and materials such as wood, wire, stone and glass. There is a strong love of nature in her work as well as an exploration of internal complexities such as loss and longing.
It is within the lines of a petrified piece of wood or the crevice in a centuries old rock that a story is waiting to be evoked. My practice is based in the moment of invention, which seeks to locate the story of the material in order to give form. These “energies” help to recreate my perception of their journey.