When the Pieces

When the Pieces

I did a set of small collaged paper and textile artworks in honor of several artists and art-adjacent people who, without compensation and because of their generosity, helped me establish myself as a practicing artist. These were things like helping to edit my artist statement, teaching me technical processes, etc. I used each artwork in this series to indicate the way many pieces (people) come together to serve the whole (community, or specifically, art community.) I sent these artworks, gratis, to the people who had helped me. In this, I wanted to make my artwork a part of the gift economy rather than the market economy, so that I could reject commodity as the primary role of artwork.

~ Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Packages ready to mail out, each including: a letter from me to the recipient, the artwork, and a photo of the complete set of 8 artworks.
"When the pieces (descend)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"
"When the pieces (contrast)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"
"When the pieces (rest)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"
"When the pieces (disperse)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"
"When the pieces (gather)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"
"When the pieces (converge)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"
"When the pieces (align)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"
"When the pieces (delve)"; 2012; block print on semi paper, wax, pigment, and thread; 11" x 7"