We are not neutral observers...and this is where we begin.


Louise & Maurice is an art and philosophy online blog created and written by Tallinn, Estonia and Chicago-based artist and writer, Erinn M. Cox. Launched in November of 2014, I wanted to create a space to explore, expound, and expand two of my favorite topics: art and philosophy. Heavily influenced by the artwork and writing of the blog's namesakes, artist Louise Bourgeois and philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, I hope to bring you engaging musings, new ideas, and even questions from these two worlds that are so inextricably linked. Conversations will include art reviews, queries of aesthetics, artist studio visits, curator and collector interviews, gallery and educational profiles, and other concerns from the fields of contemporary art, craft, and design.  I invite you to join me in the dialogue. 



Erinn M. Cox

maker. writer. curator.


I like art. A lot.  It really is the one thing that I'm really into that brings joy, questions, and fulfillment - in creation as much as in viewing.  I studied art in school as a maker, not once but twice (and currently for a third time), and developed a keen interest in the critique of art and aesthetics as much as I did in the creation of my own work. 


I bring a unique background to the conversation from three distinct perspectives: artist, academic, and arts professional.  Having recently ended a tenure as a Director of Programming for international art + design fairs, I am currently working as a practicing artist pursuing a second Masters degree in Jewelry at the Eesti Estunakadeemia in Tallinn, Estonia, and a college professor for several colleges consortiums across the US.  I have been the recipient of numerous fellowships, participated in national and international residences, and spoken on multiple panels on the topics of aesthetics at national conferences. My work deals with perceptions of the body, memory and illness: www.erinnmcox.com


Louise Bourgeois



"Everywhere in the modern world there is neglect, the need to be recognized, which is not satisfied. Art is a way of recognizing oneself, which is why it will always be modern."

Maurice Merleau-Ponty



"True reflection presents me to myself not as idle and inaccessible subjectivity, but as identical with my presence in the world and to others, as I am now realizing it: I am all that I see, I am an intersubjective field, not despite my body and historical situation, but, on the contrary, by being this body and this situation, and through them, all the rest."