MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Not Knowing How to Do Things

How does it feel to not know how? If it’s a big stretch to answer that question, it’s one of these reasons: (a) you lie to yourself that you know how to do everything (b) you know you don’t know Read more…


Open Studio Fri Oct 11th!

Hey! So this coming Friday Oct 11th 6-9pm, I’m opening my studio to the public for the first time in the new location. If you are nearby, please come! Even kids, if they like art fun. I have quite a Read more…


Art Things

It’s crept up to 104° outside and I spent my first working day in my new studio, despite the heat (and no central AC there). This is just a brief post to update on my artist life over the last Read more…


What I Want & When I Want It

That title phrase makes me think of crowds of people chanting… “what do we want?!” and “when do we want it?!”. I went to an art portfolio review hosted by SFAN in May, and one of the reviewers asked me Read more…


Can I Tell You Something?

I’m sitting here this morning trying to explain the third descriptor of my project (on stories, storytelling, and storytellers for the American story) and I’m thinking… let’s start with me, the storyteller for this project. Because no matter what story Read more…


Telling It Like It Is: Storytelling

Now I take a step back to look at how a story is told. A story can be listed as facts or imbued with emotion; form influences the reception of the story. There’s also the visual style of presentation, the context Read more…


I love stories.

One of the earliest memories I have of a favorite TV show was Reading Rainbow. (Btw, I heard Lavar Burton has a podcast! I gotta check it out.) I remember the theme song and when I hear it, I have a Read more…


Picture of text from a 2010 project2011

So What Is This, Anyway?

Before I can attempt to describe what the content of this project will be, before I can know exactly what it will look like, I need to start as close to the beginning as I can. I write this down Read more…


Go Forth on the 4th!

Happy 4th! This Fourth of July I’m sharing a project that’s been slowly growing over the past, I dunno, 15 years. Go forth! I tell myself, even if I don’t know what the end result will be. I’m calling it The Read more…


All of Who We Are

I have a big project I’ve been working on all year… I don’t know how to sum it up, and there are lots of branches of this work as I research and make things and think and make more things…. Read more…


Memorial Morning

I went to the Lafayette Crosses this morning. It’s not something I’ve been able to plan ahead to do. I can’t predict how I’ll feel the morning of, which is today. Would I want to stay snuggled in my warm Read more…


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…


Where we’ve been & Where we are

Over 1,200 miles driven in 10 days: a road trip with my little family of four Atlanta, GA-> Huntsville, AL-> Decatur, AL-> Franklin, TN-> Nashville, TN-> Knoxville, TN-> Gatlinburg, TN-> The Great Smoky Mountain National Park-> Cherokee, NC-> Chattanooga, TN-> Read more…


Oh, Say… Can You See?

So I did a search, and I guess I write about race every now & then. It’s more so on my mind since I am submitting to a show on code-switching, the linguistic term that refers to going back & Read more…


Americans

My persepective on the recent immigration debate is definitely influenced by the fact that my grandfather swam the Rio Grande while pushing his children who sat on top of the flat raft he built, so that he could get them Read more…