Statement

artist in jingle boots“Maria Hupfield is a maker, a mover, a connector, an Anishinaabe-kwe and a member of Wasauksing First Nation. Like the artist herself, Hupfield’s work is never static. Her performances, sculptures and installations reference different spans and scales of times. The projects specifically reflect her resistance to the Western tendency to essentialize Native artists and treat them as interchangeable producers of exotic cultural experiences. She values expansive exchange over isolation, and inclusion over hierarchy.” – Vanessa Dion FletcherArt in America, October 2017

Based in Brooklyn, New York I am a citizen of the Anishinaabek Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. My first major traveling institutional solo exhibit The One Who Keeps on Giving, is 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 the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris. The show includes a catalog with essays by Richard W. Hill, Crystal Migwans and a conversation with New York based Artist, Andrea Geyer. This show builds on previous projects that have travelled internationally with Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and Wider Than a Line, SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe 2016. I am a currently the first Indigenous Fellow at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, ISCP in New York 2018.

Together with my husband artist Jason Lujan, we co-own Native Art Department International based out of China Town New York, a project focused on presenting artwork by artists with demonstrated ongoing commitment to Native American communities alongside international artists. I also sing with  Nishnaabekwewag Negamonid a three-member Anishinaabe women’s hand drumming group based in Brooklyn, committed to language and cultural revitalization, using song to disrupt colonial spaces and speak to prior, persisting Indigenous presences. The group was born as part of an Anti-Columbus Day action in the American Museum of Natural History in 2016.

Like my late mother and settler accomplice father I am an advocate of Anishinaabek Womanism, Indigenous Feminisms, Accomplice building 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.

Artist profile video by Dylan Mclaughlin: https://vimeo.com/113761812

Interview in NO More Potlucks: http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/close-encounters-of-a-third-kind-an-interview-with-maria-hupfield-andrea-zeffiro/