MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

What They Know: Neurodiverse Siblings

I can’t read their minds about how they feel about each other. I see their expressions or hear the yelling, watch the retreat into quietness or the surrender after a dispute, but I can’t tell what each is thinking or Read more…


It's incomplete.

So, I’ve decided to just write a blog post, because how many times have I been on the cusp of posting something, how long have I gone not finishing what I’ve started because composing and arranging and editing what’s on my mind have all gotten so very muddled?


The Most Unorganized Imperfect Thing

Good morning. It’s Friday, January 13th, 2017. I started writing at 9am and it’s 12:30pm now. (Now it’s almost 1:30 as I fix to upload this after re-reading and minor editing. It takes me a long time to write/post.) This Read more…


Unresolved Questions (+ more)

On Saturday I made a list of questions about the paintings I started last week, because what am I doing!? I ask myself things because I like charting the path forward in my work even when it’s not clear what’s happening. It’s like I’m on a walk that seems aimless at first, but I pause and look back. I think, why did I choose that way and not the other way? I figure there probably is a preference in each direction I choose, and knowing how I got to each particular place informs my next choices for when I walk again. That way, the walk itself is fulfilling the intentions I didn’t know I had. And wherever I get to, I will know where I wanted to be.


I'm baaaack!

Hello Blog, How are you? We haven’t talked in a while. I’ve been a little busy, but I never forgot about you. I know you can’t tell, but I looked in on you from time to time. I saw you were Read more…


Before the Diagnosis

The Almost Everything List of what we did to help our boy out before getting the diagnosis. Our son has autism. He’s nine years old, high-functioning, super bright, clever, funny, compassionate and dynamic, but the ASD diagnosis is what connects the dots about Read more…


And so it is Autism.

        And so it is Autism. After years of appointments and therapies and treatments, here we are. He’s nine and a half years old. How did I not know sooner? I have plenty of familiarity with Autism Read more…


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…