[Photo: Charlene Vickers and Maria Hupfield. Vestage Vagabond (VV). 2014.]
Currently based in Brooklyn New York, Maria Hupfield is an waabaziikwe waabizhishi odoodem from Canada, and a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. In 2014 she received national recognition in the USA from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for her artist-sewn industrial felt sculptures and earning a Painting and Sculpture Grant. Her work traveled across Canada for the exhibit Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and she has shown at the Museum of Arts and Design New York, Toronto Power Plant, and 7a*11d International Performance Festival. Hupfield's recent project Artist Tour Guide was commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York with an iteration at The McCord, Montréal Canada. In the summer of 2015, Hupfield designed a nine-foot birchbark style hunting canoe out of industrial felt that was assembled and performed with in Venice Italy over three consecutive evenings for the premiere of Jiimaan (canoe). She is an active member of Social Health Performance Art Club in Brooklyn NY.
In live performance I insert myself into new conversations, activate space, and locate the body in relationship to self, objects and place as shared experience. My hand-sewn creations function as tools; jingle boots track body rhythms, a bear mask channels bravery recalling a connection with the natural world, and silver bones quantify cultural memory.
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