MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

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…


Within, the Project: A Kind of Waiting

(These paintings are up at Extra Gallery, NYC, now through Nov 1st.) I began work on these paintings in the middle of the summer. The panel shapes came first, then the words followed. Friends and family members went in and Read more…


Within, the Project: Keep going

An unspoken truth doesn’t cease to exist. It doesn’t disappear into the background, It isn’t irrelevant. It’s the frightened surface of the lightning rod, silent and waiting for the charge. – written by me, this summer After so very many Read more…


Within, the Project: Absence is so hard to recognize

1. Summertime has been quiet. The studio is quiet, the tools are quiet, the mind is quiet while the activity buzzes around me, the two little boys and summer and running and true break of dawn till sundown activity, and Read more…


Within, the Project: Some New Things

Titles: a. There isn’t, #within b. Lo que no me (progress isn’t just a), #within c. A time when, #within d. Aquí o acá (looking over), #within Materials: on panel… encaustic (wax/resin), string, nails, silk tissue, & a bit of: Read more…


Within, the Project: Whatever

Progress on this Within project has been a series of bursts of energy followed by quiet flameouts.  I feel like I’ve been trying to ascend into this exploration with a succession of hand-powered pounds of a fireplace bellow, trying to Read more…


Within, the Project: Pure

I’ve spent some days in the studio, painting. And just today, I gathered hardware supplies to learn the process of constructing my own stretcher bars for these unique sized canvases I want to paint on (34″ x 44″), basically four Read more…


Within, the Project: Notes

My mind wanders a lot when I’m lost in activities, not the least of which is painting. I’m pushing this liquified color around panels & canvases, and I lose myself/observe myself at the same time. This process is so halting, Read more…


Within, the Project: Proceeding

So I found a way to lose myself in painting. I’m moving ahead with placing myself in an essential art making form, while infusing it with layers of ways to approach this very activity that I love. I started in Read more…


Within, the Project: Painting

Last week (my previous post) was the first trial run for exploring the process of physically creating this #within project. So I did it. I chose a piece of information and I buried it into a little painting that I Read more…


Within, the Project: Starting with studies


Within, the Project: Surface Treatments

(Seriously, I need to update here a couple times a week. That’s my plan anyway. Thanks for your patience as I warm up to this project. Here is my continuing record of the process of the creation of this project, Read more…


Within, the Project: Protecting

(This is a link-happy post.) Another intro: Here’s this #within project, me pledging to bury important pieces of information into paintings, and this documentation process to prove that I’m doing so. I’m not only burying this private information into the Read more…


Within, The Project: Launch

Yeah, I think today’s the day. The day that #within needs to get out of my head and into the public. I was asked this morning what this is all about. Each of these posts leads up to what it’s Read more…


Within, the Project: Questions

Presentation: So, today I presented my project idea to the people in my life. They were highly supportive and had surprising dialogue for/with me. I am not sure when I’ll announce to people online that I have this project, but Read more…


Within, the Project: It Is…

Public access: Here’s a new exploration, and I want to document it. It’s what I’m doing as I go, rather than keeping the process private. Instead of posting an end result of an experience I had on my own (i.e. Read more…


"The Interview" (the script in entirety from Rank, Miami 2010)

“The Interview: In Which I Ask Myself All The Questions You Didn’t Care to Ask, Along Also With the Answers You Didn’t Care About.” Script by Maritza Ruiz-Kim; Read by William Powhida at #Rank, Winkleman Gallery, Seven Art Fair in Read more…


"Artifact of an Anthropologic Experience" (on Twitter)

Artifact from an Anthropological Experience 2010 vellum, acrylic, watercolor, aluminum, inkjet on panel 16″ x 20″ (Click on above ☝ image once, and then click one more time for closer look) UPDATED WITH NOTES MARCH 2011 here Description of the Read more…


Enn Portrait

Here’s the portrait I mentioned in my last post. I decided to tackle an oil painting portrait after the drawings I’ve done lately. Oil paintings just seem more substantial and I just wanted to see if I could do it. Read more…