Jennifer Marlow discovered her woodcarving skills 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts on the island of Nantucket. Drawn to the island by Nathaniel Philbrick’s fascinating, In the Heart of the Sea, her first sculptures made alongside Master Carvers Paul McCarthy & Billy Rowe, were of the whales that played an integral part in both the book and the region’s survival. Upon returning to her native Nova Scotia, Marlow established her own studio where she continues to practice the art of woodcarving.
The maritime carving tradition holds numerous attractions for Marlow as an artist. It embraces heritage, environment and art while demanding implicit trust between hand and eye, intricately linking the tactile with the aesthetic. It also encourages improvisation, whether in style or practice, the uncertainty of outcome rich in promise and surprise. Marlow participates regularly in exhibitions and enjoys working collaboratively with her peers.
She is currently represented by Secord Gallery, Nova Scotia and has commissioned work in the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Japan, Eurasia and throughout North America.
Marlow holds a BA in Music from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Find more on Marlow through interviews by the British Woodcarvers Association’s publication The Woodcarvers Gazette and the Craft Pays Me podcast by CraftNS and Duane Jones.