Maureen Gruben (b. 1963, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada) is an Inuvialuk artist working in multiple media. Gruben employs an intimate materiality as she disassembles and re-combines disparate organic and industrial elements. Polar bear fur, beluga intestines, and seal skins encounter resins, metallic tape, and bubble wrap, forging critical links between life in the Western Arctic and global environmental and cultural concerns. Gruben was born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk where her parents were traditional knowledge keepers and founders of E. Gruben’s Transport. She holds a BFA from the University of Victoria and has exhibited regularly across Canada and internationally. She was longlisted for the 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize and the 2021 Sobey Art Prize, and her work is held in national and private collections. Gruben lives and works in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Stitching My Landscape
Stitching My Landscape, 2017
Edition of 3 + 2AP
Commissioned by Partners In Art for LandMarks2017/Repères2017. Curated by Tania Willard.
Fresh Artifacts, 2017
Cast resin, steel, copper nails, reflective tape, wax
Beluga intestine, thread, found objects