“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. She values expansive exchange over isolation, and inclusion over hierarchy.” – Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Art in America, October 2017
After nine years in Brooklyn NYC, I circled back to my home territory to live in Toronto, Canada in 2019. I identify as an off-rez Anishinaabe and belong to Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. I am a current 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, with the project Breaking Protocol which focuses on embodied processes and Indigenous Performance Art. My recent solo Nine Years Towards the Sun, Curator Erin Joyce, sought to centre the body within in Art Museums by introducing a range of display strategies for performance art based work and related handmade creations, and opened 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 in Canada 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 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 with industrial felt, tin jingles, video, and performance, with new wooden armatures that functioned as display structures. This work built on It is Never Just About Sustenance or Pleasure, from Wider Than a Line, SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe (2016).
Together with my husband artist Jason Lujan, we co-own Native Art Department International, originally based in China Town New York, a project focused on mutual support, collaboration and a shared commitment to showcasing Native American and Indigenous Peoples, alongside International artists.
I am also an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Performance and Media Art, and Canadian Research Chair in Transdisciplinary Indigenous Arts, at the University of Toronto in Mississauga (UTM) where I run the Indigenous Creation Studio with a commitment to land pedagogy and digital archives, in the Department of Visual Studies / English and Drama. I also work with graduate students in 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 (1951-2010) I am an advocate of Native Feminisms, with demonstrated commitment to critical accountability and awakened solidarity with Native American and Indigenous Tribes and Nations leading the movement for resurgence, decolonization, and reclamation of our homelands in North America.
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