In live performance I insert myself into new conversations, activate space, and locate the body in relationship to self, collaborators, objects and place. My hand-sewn creations function as tools; jingles track body rhythms and modified industrial felt items are both shield and screen. These sculptures are carried on the body, recall everyday contemporary life and reflect upon sight, and sound, using the unexpected to shift meaning towards new understanding.
Based in Brooklyn New York I am a member of the Anishinaabe Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. Currently my work is traveling for the solo exhibit The One Who Keeps on Giving, a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto in partnership with Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; and Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris. My work has toured with Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and was selected as part of SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe 2016. I am a recent BRIC Workspace resident for 2017, and one of four artists in Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, fall 2017.
Together with New York based artist Jason Lujan I co-own Native Art Department International a blog based out of China Town New York focused on presenting artwork by artists with demonstrated ongoing commitment to Native American communities alongside and on par with international artists. Like my late mother and settler accomplice father I am an advocate of Native Feminisms and Activism.
The work on this website represents a selection of recent projects and activities for more information on all my work contact me at email: MariaHupfield@gmail.com
My work is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montreal Quebec Canada.