MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Inquieta/ In quiet a

INQUIETA/ IN QUIET A

Stills from the 9min 30sec version of the Inquiet/In quiet a

“Inquieta” is the feminine form of the word “restless” in Spanish. The correct pronunciation is “een-kee-eh-tah” but I keep making the mistake of saying it like the English words ”in quiet uh”. There is no “I/eye” sound in the Spanish word… and the “wh” sound I keep making isn’t in this word either. Even though I learned Spanish first and only spoke Spanish for several years as a child. I’m dismayed that my original language became the first lost connection with my parents’ culture.

"Inquieta/In quiet a" screened as a part of the No Dialogue show at the 2011 art fair ArtPadSF. It was projected on a 10-story building during the art fair’s programming.
Packaged video, edition of 5. Included: 2 works on paper, "inquieta/in quiet a" on DVD.

“Inquieta/in quiet a” is the video performance about the co-existence & repulsion of familiar opposites that live separated by a border inside the mind.

My hands: 100% American and 100% Mexican, descended from migrant workers, immigrants, emigrants, plumbers, entrepreneurs, storytellers, makers, builders, and designers from north & south of the US/Mexico border which itself did a lot of changing through the years.

Materials list: video, wood, paper bag, spikey cactus soil, cloth, table, bowl, pitcher, water, razor blade, dish soap, bleach, retail bag, nail polish, manicure stick, bar of soap, lotion, nail brush, nail file, paint, duct tape