Statement


Photo: Grégoire Féron 6x6
“Maria Hupfield is a maker, a mover, a connector, an Anishinaabe-kwe 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

After nine years in Brooklyn NYC I have circled back to my home territory to live in Toronto as an off-res Anishinaabek citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. I am an inargural Borderlands Fellow (2020-22) with the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, The New School in New York, and the Center for the Imagination, Arizona State University. My solo Nine Years Towards the Sun, Curator Erin Joyce, introduced a range of display strategies for performance art and related handmade creations to open the 90th Anniversary of The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona (2019-2020). This exhibit followed on the heels of my first major traveling institutional solo exhibition The One Who Keeps on Giving, a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto was 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 included a monograph with essays by Richard W. Hill, Crystal Migwans and a conversation with New York based Artist, Andrea Geyer. This show builds on previous work in industrial felt, tin jingles, video, and performance included in Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop, with the addition of expanded new wooden display structures, first introduced in Wider Than a Line, SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe (2016).

Together with my husband artist Jason Lujan, we co-own Native Art Department International which started in China Town New York, a project focused on presenting artwork by artists with demonstrated ongoing commitment to Native American communities alongside international artists.

Currently I am a Canadian Research Chair in Transdisciplinary Indigenous Arts, at the University of Toronto in Mississauga (UTM) where I run the Indigenous Creation Studio alongside land based and digital archive projects,  and teach in the Department of Visual Studies / English and Drama, as well as the Masters of Visual Studies program in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, St George Campus.

Like my settler accomplice father and late Anishinaabekwe mother I am an advocate of Native Feminisms, with demonstrated commitment to critical accountability and awakened solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

The work on this website represents a selection of recent projects and activities for more information on 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