MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist & Writer, San Francisco Bay Area

Re/Collect

Re/Collect (2019-now)

These are digital collages made out of old family pictures that I sourced from three different collections. Several photos from my dad’s collection are ones my grandpa took, most of them in New Mexico. Many pictures from my mom’s collection were taken in Mexico, Texas, and Southern California. The family photos from my own collection are from my growing-up years in Orange County, CA and the Mojave Desert. All the colors and tweaked imagery are directly from these scanned photos. I flip and mirror sections, dig through top layers to reach lower levels, and combine disparate pictures to reveal something new. And that’s how the family story gets told.