MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Goodbye from here

I lost my nephew. He was in the army, in Afghanistan for 3 weeks, and now he’s gone. 22 years old, and gone. Married, a father to a little baby boy, and he’s gone. Now that death has visited my Read more…


Breaking, Good

It had to happen. That’s how the project was made: it began with the imperative of completing the packaging for a video I made in Spring 2011. I needed to send it out into the world, and I needed to Read more…


A few pictures

Literally, I only took a few pictures during my entire weekend at the Sixth International Encaustic Conference. In keeping with tradition, I returned home, looked at what I had, and wished I’d taken way more pictures. Luckily, if you scroll Read more…


Markers, tasks, buoys, & signposts

Is it possible to always move forward as I go from one place to the next in this creative work? I doubt it. I plot out markers for myself to move along, and getting to each point is sometimes a Read more…


The Medium is Not the Message

Late last summer, when things were briefly less complicated, I made plans to attend the Sixth International Encaustic Conference. After a spring & summer spent painting, I wanted to learn more about how this medium fits into the gallery & Read more…


Just say it. (It was said.)

I have been a slave to the passive voice.* (Wait, I was a slave to it in the past? I still am? I always will be? Present perfect progressive verb tense here, so- yeah I’m hoping it will come to Read more…


Choppy Notes on Kincaidisms

1. Two excerpts regarding the work of Thomas Kinkade, who died earlier this month. (This is not about Kinkade.) America is a marvelously diverse land with a diversity of people and a diversity of tastes. … All kinds of people Read more…


Left standing, it’ll be all right.

1. I keep re-starting this art making. Re-starting after having two children (had I ever really stopped?); re-starting after the loss of the adoption we had in progress (my work in the studio became the answer to the hope I’d Read more…


Here We Go

And so here goes the re-boot of whatever work I was doing in November. Re-entry. I have two paintings in progress in the studio, my sketchbook is getting active again, I’m re-vamping my website (under construction here) (now live here– Read more…