MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Mindful Painting at CoG

Week 2 at the Center of Gravity, here are the youngest kids getting a close look at their brushes and applying paint to their hands watercolor paper. šŸ™‚ This week we worked with the colors red, yellow, green, and blue. Read more…


Basic Brush Skills at CoG

It’s back to school week, and I’ve made a lot of new little friends at the Center of Gravity (CoG) where I teach two year olds through six year olds. I’m meeting mini-reflections of older sibs I’ve had in recent 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 pastĀ March to make my own MFA program out of my studio, and I made so Read more…


Lecture via Art Opening

ā€œSocial Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Changeā€ 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 Ā Semester “One” #StudioMFA.Ā  Collection of quotes/excerpts from things I’ve read for researchingĀ ā€œSocial Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Changeā€. Updating with more quotes/selections as I go. Read more…


Setting Weekly Hours

The nitty gritty. TheĀ 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 beĀ the promised notes, the updates on theĀ 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. šŸ˜‰ …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 timeĀ 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,Ā all-the-time.)Ā 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…


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…


I See: Sfumato, Anamorphism, Explosions, and Suchness

Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market Notes for SubjectĀ A, Semester One #exMFA. fromĀ 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.Ā Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market B.Ā Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change C.Ā 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. Iā€™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 sayĀ Yes! That’s it! That’s what I was trying to say!Ā And you doubt yourself, and you tell yourself,Ā 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…