Maureen Gruben

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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Superseded

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Superseded, 2020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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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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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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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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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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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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Moving with Joy, 2021-2022

The Bentway Skate Trail, Toronto, Canada

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Delta Trim

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Delta Trim, 2018

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

19" X 21.75"
48.26cm X 55.24cm

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Breathing Hole

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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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Breath, 2016

Moosehide on canvas

48" X 60"
121.92cm X 152.4cm

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Aidainnaqduanni, Aurora

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fresh Artifacts, 2017

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

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52" X 12"
132.08cm X 30.48cm

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Consumed

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Consumed, 2017

Beluga intestine, thread, found objects

Dimensions variable

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