Mariah Joyce is a Chicago-based artist whose work reflects on the institutional and philosophical lenses that we use to think about meaning in daily life. Drawing on an academic background in philosophy and a professional background in journalism, her text-based work asks (but does not purport to answer) questions about how we ought to live our lives, and what makes a life meaningful; these questions are treated with irreverence and sincerity in equal measure, and no satisfying conclusions are deliberately avoided.
Untitled (I might be here), 2022, Notebook paper, pencil, and pen, 11 x 8.5 in.
Text reads: "I might be here...but it's hard to say"
Untitled (coffee, lobotomy, chips, cry), 2022, Notebook paper, pencil, and pen, 11 x 8.5 in.
Text reads: "a coffee / a lobotomy / a bag of chips / a good cry"