MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

A Little Help

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” –Alexander Pope “I get by with a little help from my friends” –The Beatles While I rush ahead in one way (graduating from both high school & art school pretty early, 16 & Read more…


Constructing an Artist Statement

… and I hit my fingers with the hammer a couple times while constructing this thing. I’m gonna keep posting the revisions I’m making, maybe something will make sense soon. It’s not an understatement that I screamed tiny screams several Read more…


Within, the Project: A Kind of Waiting

(These paintings are up at Extra Gallery, NYC, now through Nov 1st.) I began work on these paintings in the middle of the summer. The panel shapes came first, then the words followed. Friends and family members went in and Read more…


Within, the Project: Keep going

An unspoken truth doesn’t cease to exist. It doesn’t disappear into the background, It isn’t irrelevant. It’s the frightened surface of the lightning rod, silent and waiting for the charge. – written by me, this summer After so very many Read more…


Within, the Project: Absence is so hard to recognize

1. Summertime has been quiet. The studio is quiet, the tools are quiet, the mind is quiet while the activity buzzes around me, the two little boys and summer and running and true break of dawn till sundown activity, and Read more…


Exhibition: Mail Art at Hyperallergic, Brooklyn, June 19-29

“…wish you were here” each piece = google map printed on yupo, watercolor, gloss on vellum, cut plastic, string five pieces of mail from me to Hyperallergic June 2011 Showing as a part of Hyperallergic HQ’s “Presents,” Co-curated by Kate Read more…


Exhibition: The Abstract at Sandra Lee Gallery, SF

Sandra Lee Gallery One of my paintings is being included in this exhibition. The opening is this Thursday June 9, 5:00 – 7:30. Show runs through June 27th. Sharon Butler of the Two Coats of Paint painting blog has written Read more…


Exhibition: Inquieta video at ArtPadSF

News from the studio of Maritza Ruiz-Kim | May 2011 Hello Friends, Here’s an update on my current work. My recent video “inquieta/in quiet a” has been included in the No Dialogue video screening to be held at the ArtPadSF art Read more…


Within, the Project: Some New Things

Titles: a. There isn’t, #within b. Lo que no me (progress isn’t just a), #within c. A time when, #within d. Aquí o acá (looking over), #within Materials: on panel… encaustic (wax/resin), string, nails, silk tissue, & a bit of: Read more…


Video: inquieta/in quiet a

inquieta/in quiet a 2011 9 min 30 sec “Inquieta” is the feminine form of the word “restless” in Spanish. The correct pronunciation is “een-kee-eh-tah” but I keep making the mistake of saying “in-kwhy-eh-ta”. There is no “I” or “eye” sound Read more…


Process: Artifact Notes

Artifact from an Anthropological Experience 2010 vellum, acrylic, watercolor, aluminum, inkjet on panel 16″ x 20″ (Click on above ☝ image once, and then click one more time for closer look) UPDATING MYSELF MARCH 2011: I find this piece of Read more…


Within, the Project: Whatever

Progress on this Within project has been a series of bursts of energy followed by quiet flameouts.  I feel like I’ve been trying to ascend into this exploration with a succession of hand-powered pounds of a fireplace bellow, trying to Read more…


Within, the Project: Pure

I’ve spent some days in the studio, painting. And just today, I gathered hardware supplies to learn the process of constructing my own stretcher bars for these unique sized canvases I want to paint on (34″ x 44″), basically four Read more…


Within, the Project: Notes

My mind wanders a lot when I’m lost in activities, not the least of which is painting. I’m pushing this liquified color around panels & canvases, and I lose myself/observe myself at the same time. This process is so halting, Read more…


Within, the Project: Proceeding

So I found a way to lose myself in painting. I’m moving ahead with placing myself in an essential art making form, while infusing it with layers of ways to approach this very activity that I love. I started in Read more…


Within, the Project: Painting

Last week (my previous post) was the first trial run for exploring the process of physically creating this #within project. So I did it. I chose a piece of information and I buried it into a little painting that I Read more…


Within, the Project: Starting with studies


Within, the Project: Surface Treatments

(Seriously, I need to update here a couple times a week. That’s my plan anyway. Thanks for your patience as I warm up to this project. Here is my continuing record of the process of the creation of this project, Read more…


Within, the Project: Protecting

(This is a link-happy post.) Another intro: Here’s this #within project, me pledging to bury important pieces of information into paintings, and this documentation process to prove that I’m doing so. I’m not only burying this private information into the Read more…


Tree Blogging with @Platea (An Art Project with Unexpected Experiences) (renew links)

My contribution to @Platea’s participatory art Project VIII: Tree Blogging (Source Material found at plateastweets.blogspot.com) Title: John Muir, and then something happened (Installation + Text) by: Maritza Ruiz Kim materials: inkjet on vellum & canvas, wood veneer, gloss on vellum, Read more…