Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

How Do I Know What I Know?

I’m listening to RadioLab’s podcast called “Oliver Sacks: A Journey from Where to Where” and it has recordings of Oliver Sacks writing. That’s right, the act of him writing, where one can hear the scratchings and his thought processes as he puts the words down, as well the conversations and verbal musings as he writes down his words. It breathes even more life into his work, more than he already put there through the words themselves. We get to have a window into the workings of his mind. He died August 30, 2015.


Starting and Stopping

1. I’m listening to RadioLab’s podcast called “Oliver Sacks: A Journey from Where to Where” and it has recordings of Oliver Sacks’ writing. That’s right, the act of him writing, where one can hear the scratchings and his thought processes 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…


Coffee x2 and Awake

Leaving Stockholm for our two day journey to the west coast of Sweden. Descending on the lake from the back of the bride family’s summer house. The lily pads planted by the bride’s father. It’s 3:30 am Sweden time, and Read more…


Thanks for These Things

1. the way that Zee gets so excited that he yelps with happiness when he sees his breakfast 2. being in an art show and having friends be there with me 3. making new, small connections with my husband who Read more…


A Lighter “I See You”

In case you are interested, here is another “I See You” sample: The Lonesome Puppy by Yoshitomo Nara. It’s about a little girl who stops to notice the huge puppy that others had missed because he was too big for Read more…