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. Hupfield intervenes in white art institutions by inserting Indigenous knowledge structures into their practices. 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 member of the Anishinaabek 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.