Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill (b. 1979) is a Cree and Métis artist and writer who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Hill’s sculptural practice explores the history of found materials to enquire into concepts of land, property, and economy. Often, her works emerge from a curiosity about how land becomes legal property, and what the vulnerabilites of this relationship are. Hill creates her works through weaving, tying and binding materials, which are all actions associated with casting spells. Hill is a member of BUSH gallery, an Indigenous artist collective seeking to de-centre Eurocentric models of making and thinking about art, prioritizing instead land-based teachings and Indigenous epistemologies.

Hill received her MFA from the California College of the Arts, and a BFA and BA from Simon Fraser University. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at the College Art Galleries at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (2020); Stride, Calgary (2019); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019); Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby (2019); Gallery TPW, Toronto (2018); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2018); SBC galerie d’art contemporain, Montreal with the Woodland School (2017) and Gallery 44, Toronto (2016). Her writing has been published most recently in Beginning With the Seventies (Helen Belkin, UBC, 2019). She was also the co-editor of The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP 2009) and Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (Wildred Laurier 2017). 

News

current solo exhibition, Projects: Gabrielle L'Hirondelle HillMoMA (NY), until 15 August 2021

current group exhibition, Where do we go from here?, Vancouver Art Gallery, until 13 June 2021

forthcoming solo presentation, Bundle (2014) on PV

forthcoming group exhibition, Sensing Nature, Momenta Biennale de l'image (Montreal), 8 September - 24 October 2021

Exhibitions

Apparitions (2018)

Money (2019)

Residue (2019)

Sorry (2020)

Writing & Press

C Magazine

Public Parking

CV

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Eviction Monument, 2017, granite, foam, concrete, wire, 113 x 51.1 x 63.2cm

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Waste Lands, installation view, Sunset Terrace (Vancouver)

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Idle Sun Chair, 2017, mixed media, 79 x 45 x 50cm

Bundle #1, 2014, blanket, paint, rope, tobacco, 154 x 121 x 65cm

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Carpet for a Sharp Fence, 2016, plastic pipe, metal, wood, carpet, 117.5 x 127 x 22.9cm

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Money, installation view Unit 17 2019

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Exchange, 2019, pantyhose, tobacco, cigarettes, thread, tobacco flowers,

aluminum can tabs, spider charm, found metal hair clip, 16 x 33 x 55cm

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Exchange, 2019 (detail)

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Exchange, 2019 (detail)

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Kiss, 2019, pantyhose, thread, tobacco, dandelions, wildflowers, aluminum can tabs,

happy tree charm, found brooch, hair tie, bunny fur, 20 x 34 x 54cm

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Kiss, 2019

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Money, installation view Unit 17 2019

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Money, installation view Unit 17 2019

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Disintegration, 2019, Virginia tobacco, Perique tobacco, seed pods, thread, wood, found pole, 109.17 x 46.41cm

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Disintegration, 2019 (detail)

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Dispersal, 2019, Virginia tobacco, Perique tobacco, thread, seed pods,

support stocking, wood, found pole, 109.2 x 46.4cm

Dispersal, 2019 (detail)

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Cousin, 2019, pantyhose, tobacco, thistle, spider charm, dandelion, thread, 15.2 x 10.2 x 17.9cm

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Purse, 2019, pantyhose, tobacco, dandelion, dollar store locket, bluebell, tobacco seeds,

seed pod, horseshoe charm, thread, 15.2 x 12.7 x 12.7cm

Purse, 2019

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Money, installation view Unit 17 2019

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Offer, 2019, pantyhose, tobacco, beer can tab, wildflower, cigarette, thread, 10.2 x 19 x 11.4cm

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Offer, 2019

Trade, 2019, pantyhose, tobacco, beer can tab, wildflower, thread, 12.7 x 19 x 17.9cm

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Trade, 2019

Gift, 2019, pantyhose, tobacco, fabric flower, wildflower, tinfoil, safety pin, thread, 15.2 x 16.5 x 15.2cm

Gift, 2019

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Sonshine, 2019 (detail) pantyhose, tobacco, beer can tabs, dandelion, thread, 17.8 x 17.8 x 17.8cm

Mint, 2019, pantyhose, beer can tabs, tobacco, bunny fur, thread, 14 x 17.9 x 24.1cm

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Mint, 2019

New Growth, 2019, fresh tobacco leaves, aluminum can tabs, dimensions variable

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New Growth, 2019 (detail)

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Braided Grass, 2013, inkjet print, 61 x 91cm

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Monument to Piazza Italia, 2014, inkjet print, 51.44 x 91.44cm

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Desperate Living, for E.S., 2018 - ongoing, denim curtains, artist’s and friends’ hair, cigarettes, beer can tabs collected from friends, metal studs, spider pendant, dandelions, thistles, various wildflowers, candle wax, thread, metal buttons,

165.1 x 106.6 x 60cm

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Desperate Living, for E.S., 2018 - ongoing (detail)

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Desperate Living, for E.S., 2018 - ongoing (detail)

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Desperate Living, for E.S., 2018 - ongoing (detail)

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Spell #1, 2018, paper, crisco oil, oil paint, tobacco flowers, snake pendant, beer can tab, magazine cutouts

6.7 x 16.5 cm (unframed)

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Spell #1, 2018 (detail)

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Coke and a Smoke, 2016, ceramic, florescent bulbs, acetate, wire, electrical tape, dimensions variable

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Coke and a Smoke, 2016

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Coke and a Smoke, 2016 (detail)

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Coke and a Smoke, 2016 (detail)

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Coke and a Smoke, 2016 (detail)

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Coke and a Smoke, 2016 (detail)

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Coke and a Smoke, 2016 (detail)

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Waste Lands, installation view, Sunset Terrace (Vancouver)

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Waste Lands, installation view, Sunset Terrace (Vancouver)

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Kiss, 2019

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Sonshine, 2019

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Sonshine, 2019

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Wood Land School: Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha, group exhibition installation view, 

SBC galerie d’art contemporain (Montreal)

Orinoco Note, 2016, thread, Virginia tobacco, 197 x 84cm (left)

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Wood Land School: Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha, group exhibition installation view, 

SBC galerie d’art contemporain (Montreal)

Orinoco Note, 2016, thread, Virginia tobacco, 197 x 84cm (left)

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Orinoco Note, 2016 (detail)

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N. Vancouver, group exhibition installation view, Polygon Gallery (North Vancouver)

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Be Long, from Four Effigies For the End of Property, 2017
mixed media (de-accessioned artefacts from the North Vancouver Museum and Archives), dimensions variable

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Be Long, from Four Effigies For the End of Property, 2017 (detail)

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The Highest and Best Use, from Four Effigies For the End of Property, 2017

mixed media (de-accessioned artefacts from the North Vancouver Museum and Archives), 181.6 x 81.3 x 40.6cm

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Improve, from Four Effigies For the End of Property, 2017

mixed media (de-accessioned artefacts from the North Vancouver Museum and Archives), 91.4 x 73.7 x 40.6cm

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Preempt, from Four Effigies For the End of Property, 2017

mixed media (de-accessioned artefacts from the North Vancouver Museum and Archives), 50.3 x 40.9 x 36.7cm