Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Recent Work


Animated Video: Holding On, 2018. 63 sec, no audio.

Animation over image of an acrylic painting.

Paintings: Acrylic on Birch Panel, 2018-2019

Digital Print: America, America, 2018. 12″ x 9″

Digital drawing, Epson print on Pacon white sulphite paper

Text & Sound Video: Us Talking, 2018. 1min 39sec, audio.

The audio in this video includes: recordings of children seeking asylum at the US border in Texas, 2018; the May Day Parade in Chicago, 2006 (credit: Ignotus at Free; and a refugee rights protest in London, 2016.

Digital Print: This is You, This is Me (Not Listening), 2018, digital print with wax, 18″ x 24″. 

(The text captures separately the two sides of the conversation shown in the image.)

This is You

This is about who is best

Can’t you see I need power

I see you weak because you are weak

My strength is my protection

You think you’re so smart

I know better

I never liked you

You look bad

You don’t even take care of yourself

You aren’t curious, you’re argumentative

You aren’t smart, you’re empty

You aren’t beautiful, you’re nothing

You aren’t friendly, you’re stupid

You’re so sensitive

I knew you’d react like this

You wanted this

You’re entitled

I’ve earned what I have

This doesn’t belong to you

None of this is yours

I don’t want to hear you

Stop complaining

If you want it, get it yourself

If you got it, you stole it

You don’t deserve what I have

I’ll tell you what you deserve

You don’t deserve anything

What about me

I’ve done good things

You don’t thank me

I’ll tell you what’s wrong 

You’re what’s wrong

I don’t want you here

You came here to take

You are conniving

You want too much

You are a big problem

Your problems are your fault

Stop talking to me about doing you wrong

Stop talking to me about learning more

Stop talking to me about forgetting things

Stop talking to me about what you deserve

You always complain

You complain because you’re weak

Your complaints don’t matter

I’ll tell you what matters

I won’t listen to you

You listen to me

Nobody’s done you wrong

You’re what’s wrong with you

I never did anything wrong

You’re causing problems

Nobody ever hurt you

You need to know your place

You don’t belong next to me

You don’t belong here

If you come closer, you’re a threat

If you don’t move, I’m suspicious

If you run away, I’m enraged

I’ll show you 

I’m in control

I’ll speak

You’ll do what I say

You don’t belong here

I’ll keep belonging here


This is Me

This should be about what is best 

Can’t you see you tower over me

I know what’s strong and what’s weak

Your strength pushes me back

You don’t even know me

I know what I know

I never liked this

I know how you see me

I ‘ve always taken care of myself

I just want you to hear me

I just want you to know something

I just want to be valued

I just want to be seen

How I react is normal

What I feel is real

I didn’t want this

Don’t take away what I have

I want credit for what I’ve earned

What I have belongs to me

I have what I have

My voice is something

I will keep talking

I will keep living

I will keep working

I want my own life

I’m telling you what I deserve

I deserve what I’m owed

What about me

I’ve done good things

You don’t think about me

You tell me what’s wrong

That’s what’s wrong

I want to be here

I’m here because I’m me

I want something

I am hopeful

The problem is big

The problem is not me

You can’t hear your wrongs

You can’t hear if you don’t want to know

You can’t hear what you can’t see

You can’t hear what I need

I keep talking

I keep talking because I am strong

I matter

What I say matters

Listen to me

You’re always talking

I know what feels wrong

I am not the problem

You never listened

You’re ignoring problems

You never asked what hurt me

I know my place

I belong where I am

I belong where I am

If I come closer, you’re threatened

If I don’t move, you’re suspicious

If I run away, you’re enraged

Let me show you

Let me control my life

Let me talk to you

Let me be

I belong where I am

I belong to myself

Art + Life Blog Posts

Notes on the intersection of art + my life.

All of Who We Are

I have a big project I’ve been working on all year… I don’t know how to sum it up, and there are lots of branches of this work as I research and make things and think and make more things…. Read more…

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Memorial Morning

I went to the Lafayette Crosses this morning. It’s not something I’ve been able to plan ahead to do. I can’t predict how I’ll feel the morning of, which is today. Would I want to stay snuggled in my warm Read more…

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How Do I Know What I Know?

I’m listening to RadioLab’s podcast called “Oliver Sacks: A Journey from Where to Where” and it has recordings of Oliver Sacks writing. That’s right, the act of him writing, where one can hear the scratchings and his thought processes as he puts the words down, as well the conversations and verbal musings as he writes down his words. It breathes even more life into his work, more than he already put there through the words themselves. We get to have a window into the workings of his mind. He died August 30, 2015.

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Starting and Stopping

1. I’m listening to RadioLab’s podcast called “Oliver Sacks: A Journey from Where to Where” and it has recordings of Oliver Sacks’ writing. That’s right, the act of him writing, where one can hear the scratchings and his thought processes Read more…

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Art Education Blog Posts

Notes from my adventures in art education.

Mindful Painting at CoG

Week 2 at the Center of Gravity, here are the youngest kids getting a close look at their brushes and applying paint to their hands watercolor paper. 🙂 This week we worked with the colors red, yellow, green, and blue. Read more…

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Basic Brush Skills at CoG

It’s back to school week, and I’ve made a lot of new little friends at the Center of Gravity (CoG) where I teach two year olds through six year olds. I’m meeting mini-reflections of older sibs I’ve had in recent Read more…

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Lecture via Art Opening

“Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change” is the title of a research subject I created for myself. I want focus in my artwork. To that end, I need to address the constant concern and distraction Read more…

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Quotes from Readings for Studio MFA

Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change  Semester “One” #StudioMFA.  Collection of quotes/excerpts from things I’ve read for researching “Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change”. Updating with more quotes/selections as I go. Read more…

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