The Studio Mind
ABOUT THE STUDIO MIND
"The Studio Mind is my personal art studio, a beautiful sunlit space that looks out toward a wild garden just outside. As soon as I walk through the doors, I get peace of mind knowing I have access to lots of tools and materials to make almost anything I want. The front gallery is a place for occasional shows; mostly, though, it’s where I hang my recent work, thinking about it anew as I arrange and rearrange it on those clean white walls. Three mornings a week, I teach art to kids on site at a local preschool, so they–hopefully!–have a foundation to explore and enjoy art for the rest of their lives. Other than that, I work in the studio behind the front gallery, it's the project space where I develop my own artwork. No matter what life throws at me, I keep coming back to this protected space where I can be in my studio frame of mind."
~ Maritza Ruiz-Kim
My Recent Work
"Lately I've been painting on wood panels, using either acrylic or encaustic paint. And I love to paint on paper, too. I melt pigmented wax onto heated plates then place the paper down onto the paint to pull up monoprints. I also like to cut up painted papers then stitch them back together into new creations, and sometimes I photograph my paintings then draw into them digitally to make new artwork or even animations. It's hard for me to limit my curiosity to painting; I've also made art videos, handmade books, wooden sculptures, and I even love to write. I use my artwork to examine emotional landscapes and social structures, although it's probably not discernible just from looking at what I make. I keep working on my artwork to see how painted surfaces might possibly expand my understanding of what’s happening in the world, then I try to work out how the imagery can communicate this experience with others. I know it’s a stretch to think that either is possible, but I keep trying."
Projects & Ideas
"I have an insatiable curiosity... I can be driving and listening to a podcast, and then suddenly it makes me think about something recent I've read. I ask a lot of why questions. I use my artwork as a means to explore the things I think about, and projects are a way for me to categorize these investigations and experiences. I enjoy thinking about connections between people and ideas, like- why do people do this or that? Why did this event cause that other thing? I've also framed my work with early childhood art education as a project, not only because it is one aspect of my work as a visual artist, but because I learn so much from them. I share with them how to interact with the world around us through looking, thinking, and making. In turn, they share with me their wonder and joy as well as their acceptance of elemental needs for patience, kindness, and comfort. My other projects include writings, using art to fund activism, my education plans, sharing topics I research, as well as collaborative work with other artists and visual art series on specific topics."
Art I Love
"My favorite art is always skillfully constructed, even if it's simple. Even more so, though, I love it when artists experiment and push the boundaries of what's expected, making me think deeply either about the object they made or the concepts they are questioning. I love it when the whole presentation of the work–the materials, form, imagery, perhaps even the installation of the art–when it all comes together to create an experience for the viewer, if not something thought provoking and challenging, then something delightful and surprising. I like when someone’s art takes me to a different mental space than my own. I like to experience art as a window into others’ perspectives. My favorite work isn't limited to a particular type of art, although specifically I'm drawn to great art made during the last 150 years. Whenever it was made, no matter the art movement or subject, when a work of art keeps me looking and thinking, I'm into it. "