MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Self-Evaluation: Getting Some Perspective

When exactly did I start my Studio MFA? Depends how you look at it. Maybe I’ve been doing it ever since I plugged into my studio work and tried to extract more from what was happening there, or when I Read more…


Designing Classes: My Curriculum, My Way

Going forward, the way I want to differentiate my ex-MFA program from the previous independent learning I’ve done is to address the aspects of my art-making that have tripped me up the most. There are recurring blocks to my practice. This Read more…


Lectures: Via Public Events

Three weeks ago on April 4th, I attended a super-panel on art, protest, and racial justice, Who We Be, at the San Francisco Main Public Library (presented by the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism). I breathed it in Read more…


The Studio MFA: Introduction

That’s what I’m going to do. This is my big idea. Ex the MFA. I’m going to prioritize the experience over the actual degree. I want to identify all the things I want about a Visual Arts MFA, check off the Read more…


Crash. Boom. Opera. (Or: my bike crash in the clear light of day.)

Thump. Thump. Thump. The sound of a kid doing basketball drills, bouncing the ball in that monotonous way. The picture of the afternoon sunlight on a driveway, the passing of time marked by the mundane. The beat. The beat. The beat. Read more…


The Architecture That Isn't

Over the years, I’ve noticed whenever there’s been a demolition in an area I think I know pretty well, I still can’t for the life of me remember what used to be there before the crews blew it up or Read more…


Where did I put that español?

From 1975 (ok, probably 1976) to 1980, I didn’t speak English. Only Spanish. So says my mom; I have absolutely no memory of it. Whenever I really try to access that español, it just escapes me. I see my Spanish Read more…


New Ugly Paintings at Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland

On Saturday I went to the talk at Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland, curious about what the artists would have to say about their work. Not Much to Look At: New Ugly Paintings (through March 1st). I was especially interested in the question RNG Read more…


When Faster is Better: Making My Way to Answering Questions

I’ve been trying a new thing in the studio: Not thinking too hard & working faster. I’m going to try the same thing with blogging. Now that I work to produce (with others’ help) a quarterly art journal/blog, I have Read more…


Hacking Clickbait

The show I was just in, IRL: Internet <-> Real Life just concluded on Jan. 3rd & is about to be packed up. (Thanks, Laura Isaac, for all you did for the show!!). It was in Kansas City at the Paragraph Gallery run Read more…