Series: Core


Included in the exhibition Persona²: Envisioning the Self – Re-envisioning Portraiture at The Compound Studio Artists Gallery, Oakland, CA, August-September 2014.

I continue to work with the original image Concepcíon #1. Although I will branch out to more portraits in the near future, this one resonates with me deeply. I think of this piece as a powerful feminine presence This series begins with her. She has more to say.

From curator Toni Gentilli: “Maritza Ruiz-Kim explores individuals’ self-representation and collective cultural identity. By using innovative interpretations of portraiture, she simultaneously parses out and conjoins idiosyncratic and universal aspects of the human personality. While contemplating the basic concepts and forms of what constitute portraits in her project Core, Ruiz-Kim creates abstract monoprints of encaustic wax and pigment impressed directly from the viscous media into paper. She then makes a series of iterations of the original in varying media including photography and video. Her continued work with the same image considers the various ways the self is internally understood then subsequently projected outward for understanding.”