Artist Jaime Ruiz Otis gives new life to maquiladoras waste products

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Artist Jaime Ruiz Otis gives new life to maquiladoras waste products

Artist Jaime Ruiz Otis describes his upcoming exhibition, “Jaime Ruiz Otis: Mined Matter,” as a “primitive process of collecting — hardcore dumpster diving.” The exhibition will open with an artist talk at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Conley Art building (Room 101), followed by a reception at 5 p.m. at the Phebe Conley Art Gallery.

The artwork will remain on display through Nov. 24. Ruiz Otis creates works using waste products he collects from the maquiladoras — factories that provide manufacturing and assembly for foreign products. His mix of collage paintings, engraving and printmaking reflect his life experience as a trained artist and a former maquiladora worker.

The exhibition is part of the Center for Creativity and the Arts 2018-19 yearly theme, “Crossroads,” and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Design and Centro Cultural Tijuana.