Maureen Gruben

Maureen Gruben (b. 1963, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada) has a diverse multi-media practice which incorporates organic and industrial materials that are frequently found or salvaged. She was born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk where her parents were traditional Inuvialuk knowledge keepers and founders of E. Gruben’s Transport. Gruben holds a BFA from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Indigenous Political Development & Leadership, En’owkin Centre, Penticton.

Gruben has had solo and group presentations at venues such as Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland; Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland; Kode Bergen Art Museum, Norway; Contemporary Art Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie; WAG-Qaumajuq, Winnipeg; Cade Centre for Fine Arts, Baltimore; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Santa Fe; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis; Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Los Vegas; National Nordic Museum, Seattle; Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo; Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Montreal; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; the National Gallery of Canada; and Âjagemô art space, Ottawa. She was shortlisted for the 2023 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award and long listed for the 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize and the 2021 Sobey Art Prize. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Indigenous Art Centre, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Gruben currently lives and works in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada.

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The land that used to be, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

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Maureen Gruben – The land that used to be, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2024

Photo: Rachel Topham Photography

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Nuna

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Maureen Gruben – Nuna, 2023

Video

9:12 min

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Delta Trim

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Maureen Gruben – Delta Trim, 2018

Bubble wrap, reflective tape, Velcro, zip ties, moosehide

19" X 21.75"
48.26cm X 55.24cm

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Sila

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Maureen Gruben – Sila, 2022

Vintage medic vests, metallic ink

19 ft (234 in/594.4 cm)

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Meet me at the floe edge

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Maureen Gruben – Meet me at the floe edge, 2023

Mitt strings, polar bear hide, mother of pearl buttons, acrylic paint

32.5 x 11.5 in (82.6 x 29.2 cm), 50 x 9 in (127 x 22.9 cm)

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Skipping Stones And Mud Pies

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Maureen Gruben – Skipping Stones And Mud Pies, 2023

Clear vinyl, safety gloves, bubble wrap, leather, plastic toys, drum skin

26.5" X 15" X 13.5"
67.31cm X 38.1cm X 34.29cm

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What took you so long?

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Maureen Gruben – What took you so long?, 2023

Taxidermy foam bear head, optical fibres

15" X 11.5" X 21"
38.1cm X 29.21cm X 53.34cm

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Annivik: Assemblage 2

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Maureen Gruben – Annivik: Assemblage 2, 2021

Bullets (empty shells), sinew, metal ruler

24.5" X 10"
62.23cm X 25.4cm

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Tapsi

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Maureen Gruben – Tapsi, 2021

Cable, sinew, ookpik

24" X 9.5"
60.96cm X 24.13cm

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Atikluq

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Maureen Gruben – Atikluq, 2023

Parka cover, acrylic paint, thread

11" X 12.75" X 7.5"
27.94cm X 32.38cm X 19.05cm

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Polaroid

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Maureen Gruben – Polaroid, 2023

Packing foam, polar bear fur, suede, pearl pins

12.5" X 19.5"
31.75cm X 49.53cm

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Mitqun

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Maureen Gruben – Mitqun, 2019

Inkjet print

50" X 33.3"
127cm X 84.58cm

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The Women’s Darkroom

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Maureen Gruben – The Women’s Darkroom, 2022

Solo show at The Women’s Darkroom, Brooklyn, USA

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We all have to go someday. Do the best you can. Love one another.

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Maureen Gruben – We all have to go someday. Do the best you can. Love one another., 2019

Deerhide, embroidery thread, metallic thread, steel grommets and rivets, aluminum frame

60" X 50" X 1"
152.4cm X 127cm X 2.54cm

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Waiting For The Shaman

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Maureen Gruben – Waiting For The Shaman, 2017

Bones from polar bear paws, resin

22" X 22" X 1"
55.88cm X 55.88cm X 2.54cm

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This Is Not A Hudson’s Bay Blanket

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Maureen Gruben – This Is Not A Hudson’s Bay Blanket, 2015

Moosehide blanket on aluminum plinth

14" X 14" X 7"
35.56cm X 35.56cm X 17.78cm

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Survival

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Maureen Gruben – Survival, 2018

Sealskin, beads, deer hide, ribbon, and metal clasps on canvas

48" X 60"
121.92cm X 152.4cm

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Superseded

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Maureen Gruben – Superseded, 2020

Tin claim plates, soldering wire, copper and steel nails, plywood

16" X 24"
40.64cm X 60.96cm

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Stitching My Landscape

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Maureen Gruben – Stitching My Landscape, 2017

Archival inkjet print on Epson Hot Press Bright

Edition of 3

96" X 39.25"
243.84cm X 99.69cm

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Message

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Maureen Gruben – Message, 2015

Polar bear guard hairs, cotton thread, black interface

180" X 24"
457.2cm X 60.96cm

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Guardian

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Maureen Gruben – Guardian, 2017

Polar bear guard hairs, clear vinyl, ricrac, bias tape

39" X 40"
99.06cm X 101.6cm

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Gestation

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Maureen Gruben – Gestation, 2016

Polar bear guard hair, silicone wrap, polar bear underfur, white glue, thread

53 in. diameter

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Seal In Our Blood

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Maureen Gruben – Seal In Our Blood, 2018

Harp Seal Skin, red velvet, thread

" X 384" X 1"
0cm X 975.36cm X 2.54cm

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Moving with Joy, The Bentway Skate Trail

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Maureen Gruben – Moving with Joy, The Bentway Skate Trail, 2021-2022

The Bentway Skate Trail, Toronto, Canada

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Breathing Hole

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Maureen Gruben – Breathing Hole, 2019

Dricore insulation board, stainless steel pins, and sealskin

48" X 30"
121.92cm X 76.2cm

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Breath

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Maureen Gruben – Breath, 2016

Moosehide on canvas

48" X 60"
121.92cm X 152.4cm

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Aidainnaqduanni, Aurora

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Maureen Gruben – Aidainnaqduanni, Aurora, 2020

Archival inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta

32" X 48"
81.28cm X 121.92cm

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Aidainnaqduanni, Morning

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Maureen Gruben – Aidainnaqduanni, Morning, 2020

Archival inkjet on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta

32" X 48"
81.28cm X 121.92cm

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Big Hello

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Maureen Gruben – Big Hello, 2021

Beaded uppers, cell phone cases

Dimensions variable, 112 pieces

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69 25 43.0 N 132 15 49.4 W

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Maureen Gruben – 69 25 43.0 N 132 15 49.4 W, 2017

White rabbit, blue fox, polar bear fur, birchwood, copper

48" X 21" X 19"
121.92cm X 53.34cm X 48.26cm

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Moving with joy across the ice while my face turns brown from the sun

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Maureen Gruben – Moving with joy across the ice while my face turns brown from the sun, 2019

Archival inkjet on Epson Hot Press Bright

Edition of 3

120" X 42.5"
304.8cm X 107.95cm

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Stitching My Landscape

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Maureen Gruben – Stitching My Landscape, 2017

Video

Edition of 3 + 2AP

Commissioned by Partners In Art for LandMarks2017/Repères2017. Curated by Tania Willard.

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Fresh Artifacts

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Maureen Gruben – Fresh Artifacts, 2017

Cast resin, steel, copper nails, reflective tape, wax

52" X 12"
132.08cm X 30.48cm

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Consumed

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Maureen Gruben – Consumed, 2017

Beluga intestine, thread, found objects

Dimensions variable

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