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.
Round Cloud Study 65
Round Cloud Study 65

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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Round Cloud Study 65
Round Cloud Study 65
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Marble 42
Cloud Study 11
Cloud Study 11
Mariposa (B-105)
Mariposa (B-105)
Cloud Study 91 (diptych)
Cloud Study 91 (diptych)
Cloud Study 17
Cloud Study 17
Round Cloud Study 5
Round Cloud Study 5
Cloud Study 81
Cloud Study 81
Cloud Study 19 (Triptych)
Cloud Study 19 (Triptych)
Cloud Study 38
Cloud Study 38
Cloud Study 68
Cloud Study 68
Cloud Study 15
Cloud Study 15
Cloud Study 18
Cloud Study 18
Cloud Study 85 Round
Cloud Study 85 Round
Cloud Study 84
Cloud Study 84
Cloud Study 65
Cloud Study 65
Cloud Study 61
Cloud Study 61
Cloud Study 75
Cloud Study 75
Cloud Study 46
Cloud Study 46
Round Cloud Study 65
Round Cloud Study 65
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40" diameter
2021
Marble 1
Marble 1
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 60x60
2021
Marble 2
Marble 2
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 60x60
2021
Marble 3
Marble 3
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
Marble 4
Marble 4
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
Marble 5
Marble 5
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
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Marble 6
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
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Marble 7
mixed media phot encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
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Marble 8
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
Marble 9
Marble 9
mixed media phot encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 10
Marble 10
mixed media phot encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 11
Marble 11
mixed media phot encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 12
Marble 12
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 13
Marble 13
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 15
Marble 15
mixed media phot encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 16
Marble 16
mixed media phot encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 20
Marble 20
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 21
Marble 21
mixed media phot encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 28
Marble 28
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 29
Marble 29
mixed media phot encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 30
Marble 30
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 32
Marble 32
mixed media phot encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 33
Marble 33
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 42
Marble 42
mixed media phot encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Cloud Study 11
Cloud Study 11
mixed media photo encuastic on panel, 36x48
2021
Mariposa (B-105)
Mariposa (B-105)
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 18x18
2020
Cloud Study 91 (diptych)
Cloud Study 91 (diptych)
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x96
2020
Cloud Study 17
Cloud Study 17
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48x60
2021
Round Cloud Study 5
Round Cloud Study 5
mixed media photo encaustic, 36"diameter
2021
Cloud Study 81
Cloud Study 81
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 60x60
2020
Cloud Study 19 (Triptych)
Cloud Study 19 (Triptych)
mixed media photo encauastic on panel,48x108
2021
Cloud Study 38
Cloud Study 38
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48x60
2020
Cloud Study 68
Cloud Study 68
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x48
2020
Cloud Study 15
Cloud Study 15
mkxed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x48
2020
Cloud Study 18
Cloud Study 18
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 30x40
2020
Cloud Study 85 Round
Cloud Study 85 Round
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36"diameter
2020
Cloud Study 84
Cloud Study 84
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2020
Cloud Study 65
Cloud Study 65
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2019
Cloud Study 61
Cloud Study 61
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 35.75x47.75
2019
Cloud Study 75
Cloud Study 75
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2019
Cloud Study 46
Cloud Study 46
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2019

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