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

Blog Posts

Notes from the Art Studio at Center of Gravity Preschool, as well as notes on the intersection of art + my life.


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