MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Studio MFA Conclusion : Deadlines and Horizon Lines

External (or even internal!) art deadlines don’t always match what I need or serve my work. I thought I had come to terms with setting my own pace as an artist. I guess not. Well, life’s pace is setting me Read more…


Evaluating My Studio MFA: A Little Consideration

This will be just off the top of my head. The best I can do. The only thing I can do. I set out this past March to make my own MFA program out of my studio, and I made so Read more…


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…


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…


Setting Weekly Hours

The nitty gritty. The Studio MFA. Now, I actually started this in the Spring, as I recovered from my bike accident. I had plenty of time to explore things, set up parameters, goals, and ingredients of the process. I’ve not only Read more…


Artist Self Pep Talks

Next will be the promised notes, the updates on the Studio MFA. I promise. But I started this and had to get it out: I hate mediocrity. I feel it when I evaluate my work in artificial ways: where it is vs. Read more…


Studio MFA Modifications: I Was Up Above It…

…now I’m down in it. 😉 …a sort-of NIN reference.   (I started writing this at 34012 feet flying eastward, flying towards five days of New York City, Sept 4th.)   September. It’s what I’ve been waiting for, the time when Read more…


Balancing Act: Life + My Studio MFA

It’s Summertime. Over here, that’s when things get both more quiet (my creative life) and more noisy (my boys at home, at play, all-the-time.) It’s easy and not easy, but this is a pretty good life. It’s our most successful summer so Read more…


Reasons: This is Why I Chose a Studio MFA

This is a different kind of post. I don’t have the energy to craft this into something more. I have new limitations (and new advantages). My life the last few years has been full of all sorts of unexpected twists Read more…


Brain Injury Update, Two Months Later

Okay, here’s a blog post update on how I’m recovering since my bike accident! I’m sparing my FB feed from what would be a horribly long status update. Two months ago, April 9th, I was in the ICU after crashing my bike, losing consciousness, and having a tiny bit of bleeding in the brain (final diagnosis: minor traumatic brain injury). And here I am, June 9th, at the computer and heading to the studio this afternoon. I’m almost back to normal! Well, sort of. 🙂


The Survival of Aesthetics

 Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market Notes for Subject A, Semester One #exMFA. from Leonardo’s Brain by Leonard Shlain I come to this piece of the art-making process because there’s no doubt that beauty plays a role in what I do. I Read more…


Puzzle-Making: Ambiguity as Invitation

Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market Notes for Subject A, Semester One #exMFA. from Leonardo’s Brain by Leonard Shlain I especially liked the notes on DaVinci’s work that pointed to the ways he played with symbolism, word associations, contexts, and more. Read more…


Less is More Work at First

I’ve taken on a little side-project and it is: examining things and trying to keep/use only what I need. Stuff. Clothes. Food. Not to an extreme; I don’t want to make proving something to be the focus here, like Look how Read more…


I See: Sfumato, Anamorphism, Explosions, and Suchness

Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market Notes for Subject A, Semester One #exMFA. from Leonardo’s Brain by Leonard Shlain So the Memorial Day weekend had me a bit distracted. It’s been four days since I spent time with this material and Read more…


Bilateral Constructions

Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market Notes for Subject A, Semester One #exMFA. from Leonardo’s Brain by Leonard Shlain There are a few things that drew me to this book about an artist’s brain. The neurological explanations about creativity really Read more…


Paradox of the Holon

Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market Notes for Subject A, Semester One #StudioMFA. from Leonardo’s Brain by Leonard Shlain I hadn’t heard the term before I read Leonardo’s Brain; the holon concept is sourced from the 1964 book The Act Read more…


Subject & Book List for the Studio MFA

May-Dec 2015 by/for Maritza Ruiz-Kim Subjects: A. Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market B. Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change C. The Artist as Writer Notes for Subjects/Books: Here is the list of entries for notes I Read more…


About the Studio MFA

Early April 2015, I got my big idea: EX OUT the MFA. To X it out, to stop thinking that the tuition, attendance, and stamp of approval from an MFA program was what I needed. I’m prioritizing the learning experience over Read more…


Reading for Your Art Practice

As an artist: When you see someone else’s art that really resonates with you, when you say Yes! That’s it! That’s what I was trying to say! And you doubt yourself, and you tell yourself, See, you can’t do it. Someone else got Read more…


Finances: What We Aren’t Supposed to Mention

I’m taking a brief break from discussing studio practices to talk about the thing I wish didn’t matter in art-making but certainly does: Money. Because it matters, and because I value my art practice very much, I’m breaking up with Read more…