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.
Currently based in Brooklyn New York I am from Canada, and a member of the Anishinaabe Nation at Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. Recently selected for the SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe 2016, I received national recognition in the USA from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for my artist-sewn industrial felt sculptures earning a Painting and Sculpture Grant. My work traveled across Canada for the exhibit Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and shown at the Museum of Arts and Design New York, Toronto Power Plant, and 7a*11d International Performance Festival. My project Artist Tour Guide was commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York with an iteration at The McCord, Montreal Quebec Canada. In 2015 I designed a nine foot birchbark style hunting canoe out of industrial felt to be assembled and performed in Venice Italy over three consecutive evenings for the premiere of Jiimaan.
Together with my husband artist Jason Lujan I co-own Native Art Department International a blog based out of China Town New York focused on presenting artwork by indigenous artists alongside and on par with international artists. Like my late mother and settler accomplice father I am an advocate of Indigenous Feminisms and Activism.
The work on this website represents a selection of my 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.