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.
Cloud Study 52
Cloud Study 52

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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Cloud Study 52
Cloud Study 52
Cloud Study 53
Cloud Study 53
Boiled Peanuts
Boiled Peanuts
Cloud Study 44
Cloud Study 44
Cloud Study 45
Cloud Study 45
Bingo Sign
Bingo Sign
Memphis Looking South
Memphis Looking South
Roadside Market
Roadside Market
Water Study 1
Water Study 1
Cloud Study 43
Cloud Study 43
Cloud Study7 Gold Variant
Cloud Study7 Gold Variant
Cloud Study 40
Cloud Study 40
Cloud Study 42
Cloud Study 42
Cloud Study 39
Cloud Study 39
Arrow Trio
Arrow Trio
Cloud Study
Cloud Study
Moth In Flight
Moth In Flight
Butterfly With Pointed Wings
Butterfly With Pointed Wings
Untitled White w/black Butterfly
Untitled White w/black Butterfly
Untitled Green And Blue Butterfly
Untitled Green And Blue Butterfly
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cloud Study 52
Cloud Study 52
mixed media photo encaustic, 36x48
2018
Cloud Study 53
Cloud Study 53
mixed media photo encaustic, 40x40
2018
Boiled Peanuts
Boiled Peanuts
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 28x42
2018
Cloud Study 44
Cloud Study 44
mixed media photo encuastic, 42x42
2018
Cloud Study 45
Cloud Study 45
mixed media photo encaustic, 24x30
2018
Bingo Sign
Bingo Sign
mixed media encaustic, 30x24
2018
Memphis Looking South
Memphis Looking South
mixed media photo encaustic. 36x60
2018
Roadside Market
Roadside Market
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 27.5x42
2018
Water Study 1
Water Study 1
mixed media photo encaustic, 40x40
2018
Cloud Study 43
Cloud Study 43
mixed media photo encaustic, 48x60
2018
Cloud Study7 Gold Variant
Cloud Study7 Gold Variant
mixed media photo encaustic, 36x48
2018
Cloud Study 40
Cloud Study 40
mixed media photo encaustic, 47.75x60
2018
Cloud Study 42
Cloud Study 42
mixed media photo encaustic, 36x80
2017
Cloud Study 39
Cloud Study 39
mixed media photo encaustic, 36x59.75
2018
Arrow Trio
Arrow Trio
mixed media photo encaustic, 80x15
2018
Cloud Study
Cloud Study
mixed media photo encaustic. 96x72
2017
Moth In Flight
Moth In Flight
mixed media photo encaustic, 48x60
2017
Butterfly With Pointed Wings
Butterfly With Pointed Wings
mixed media photo encaustic, 54x54
2017
Untitled White w/black Butterfly
Untitled White w/black Butterfly
mixed media photo encaustic, 48x40
2017
Untitled Green And Blue Butterfly
Untitled Green And Blue Butterfly
mixed media photo encaustic, 60x48
2017
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
mixed media photo encaustic, 13x35.5
2017
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
mixed media photo encaustic, 10x15.75
2017
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
mixed media photo encaustic, 16x20
2017
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
mixed media photo encaustic, 12.25x12.25
2017