Marlène Laberge was born in Sainte-Foy in 1970. She completed training in graphic arts at the “Cégep of Sainte-Foy” in 1990 and moved to Montreal in 1997. In 2002, Marlene participated in several training courses at the “Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman” of Montreal. In July 2004, she left her job and became a freelancer in order to concentrate on her painting. During autumn 2005, she unveiled her first solo exhibition named “Impulsions”. In May 2006, she presented “Greece, my muse” at the “Galerie du Tracel du Centre d’art Maison Blanchette”, at Cap-Rouge.
Then, in the summer of 2009, Marlene left for two months for London and participated in several courses at the London University of the Arts. Inspired by her travels, her exhibition “Nature libre” is presented at the “Musée Régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges” in the summer of 2010. Then, at the “Boréar Centre d'exposition en arts visuels” of Granby in the spring of 2011. In the fall of 2012, only part-time will Marlene began her bachelor’s degree in fine arts at “Concordia University”. During spring of 2013 the artist presents her excursions on the edge of the seas with “Laberge et la mer” which, after the Beaulne Museum of Coaticook, will be presented at the “Centre d'exposition” of Repentigny.
Since 2005, Marlène Laberge's artistic approach addresses the notion of landscape which she considers as a bridge between human and nature. She travels in order to find places, sites and landscapes which she documents with sketches and photographs. Her journeys along the European and Quebec coasts are her main source of inspiration. She is particularly interested in what these intangible places reveal and she particularly interprets the movement of the waves and the wind, as well as the stillness of the rocks. Her creative process focuses on the deconstruction of reality, because she draws, purifies, and frees the constraints of realism painting.
Each painting represents a fragment of her visual and emotional memory. Thus, in order to develop each one, she draws as much out of the formal visual structure observed in a place (such as the horizon, the shape of boulders or again the movements of the sea) as her perception and emotions felt in this same area. Her paintings vary in formats and she favours the use of mixed media (acrylic, graphite, dry and oil pastel, ink and pencil) on various supports such as (canvas, paper, or wood).