Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

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 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…