Catherine Erb

b. 1969, Memphis, TN
When I am successful, the result is not just an image, but a feeling and reminder that the magic always happens in the present.
Moon 402
Moon 402

Catherine Erb’s luminous photo-based works capture a spirit of the sublime in everyday life. Her practice is a meditative process, exploring and revealing the radiance of the present moment and the complexities of relationships among people, places, things, as well as things unseen. Her studies of clouds transcend space and time with luscious translucence, while her portraits of everyday objects are instilled with the ineffable longing of memory. Her explorations of nature are sensitive and full, leaving the viewer with a profound sense of peace. Merging photography with painting, she has developed a method to create surfaces that feel both vulnerable and complex. Beginning with an image printed on watercolor paper, Erb mounts her photographs on birch panel, subtlety manipulating them with soft pigments and numerous layers of tinted wax. Overall, her unique perception merges reality with imagination, connects the physical and the divine, and shares a deep reverence of memory as well as the present moment.

Catherine Erb is a native Memphian. Her fascination with photography began in the late 80s when she had unlimited access to a camera and darkroom. After high school, she moved to Europe to work with photographers for several years before returning to Memphis. She continued to use her camera as tool for visual journaling, and after discovering a digital darkroom, she began exploring alternative printing formats to create more extensive, conceptual bodies of work. She has had solo exhibitions in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; Savannah, Georgia; and Greenwich, Connecticut. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, The New Southern, and Nashville Arts Magazine.

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Moon 402
Moon 402
Rainbow 2 2024
Rainbow 2 2024
Cloud 402
Cloud 402
Cloud 320
Cloud 320
Cloud Study 310
Cloud Study 310
Cloud 308
Cloud 308
Cloud 301
Cloud 301
Cloud 302
Cloud 302
Cloud 232
Cloud 232
Dogwoods
Dogwoods
Dille Place
Dille Place
Burst of Spring
Burst of Spring
Planet Erb 1
Planet Erb 1
Polaroid Redbud)
Polaroid Redbud)
Polaroid 2
Polaroid 2
Polaroid (Butterfly 1)
Polaroid (Butterfly 1)
Polaroid (Butterfly 2)
Polaroid (Butterfly 2)
Polaroid (Butterfly 3)
Polaroid (Butterfly 3)
Polaroid (Butterfly 4)
Polaroid (Butterfly 4)
Polaroid (Dolores Edwards)
Polaroid (Dolores Edwards)
Polaroid (Daffodils)
Polaroid (Daffodils)
Spiral
Spiral
Purple Hydrangea
Purple Hydrangea
Infinity Daffodils
Infinity Daffodils
Pink Tea Rose and Friends
Pink Tea Rose and Friends
Ferns and Sunflowers
Ferns and Sunflowers
Cherry Blossoms with Moon
Cherry Blossoms with Moon
Bottle Tree
Bottle Tree
Cherry Blossoms on Blue
Cherry Blossoms on Blue
Marble 204
Marble 204
Marble 5
Marble 5
Marble 13
Marble 13
Moon 402
Moon 402
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48" diameter
2024
Rainbow 2 2024
Rainbow 2 2024
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48x24
2024
Cloud 402
Cloud 402
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 60x60
2024
Cloud 320
Cloud 320
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x48
2023
Cloud Study 310
Cloud Study 310
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2023
Cloud 308
Cloud 308
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2023
Cloud 301
Cloud 301
mixed media photo encuastic on panel, 36x60
2023
Cloud 302
Cloud 302
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48x48
2023
Cloud 232
Cloud 232
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 30x48
2023
Dogwoods
Dogwoods
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 40x60
2023
Dille Place
Dille Place
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 40x60
2023
Burst of Spring
Burst of Spring
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 36x60
2023
Planet Erb 1
Planet Erb 1
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 60x60
2023
Polaroid Redbud)
Polaroid Redbud)
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 32x48
2023
Polaroid 2
Polaroid 2
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel
2023
Polaroid (Butterfly 1)
Polaroid (Butterfly 1)
mixed media photo encuastic on panel, 36x60
2023
Polaroid (Butterfly 2)
Polaroid (Butterfly 2)
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 40x72
2023
Polaroid (Butterfly 3)
Polaroid (Butterfly 3)
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2023
Polaroid (Butterfly 4)
Polaroid (Butterfly 4)
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2023
Polaroid (Dolores Edwards)
Polaroid (Dolores Edwards)
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 14.5x24
2023
Polaroid (Daffodils)
Polaroid (Daffodils)
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 36x48
2023
Spiral
Spiral
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x60
2023
Purple Hydrangea
Purple Hydrangea
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 48x59.5
2023
Infinity Daffodils
Infinity Daffodils
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 40x40
2023
Pink Tea Rose and Friends
Pink Tea Rose and Friends
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel,40x40
2023
Ferns and Sunflowers
Ferns and Sunflowers
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 30" diameter
2023
Cherry Blossoms with Moon
Cherry Blossoms with Moon
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 40x59.5
2023
Bottle Tree
Bottle Tree
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 24x48
2023
Cherry Blossoms on Blue
Cherry Blossoms on Blue
frescoed mixed media on plaster on panel, 36x24
2023
Marble 204
Marble 204
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2023
Marble 5
Marble 5
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
Marble 13
Marble 13
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021

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