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 66 Round
Cloud Study 66 Round

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 66 Round
Cloud Study 66 Round
Cloud Study 67
Cloud Study 67
Cloud Study 50 Round
Cloud Study 50 Round
Cloud Study 69
Cloud Study 69
Cloud Study 68 Round
Cloud Study 68 Round
Cloud Study 65
Cloud Study 65
Cloud Study 55
Cloud Study 55
Cloud Study 72
Cloud Study 72
Cloud Study 70
Cloud Study 70
Cloud Study 74
Cloud Study 74
Cloud Study 61
Cloud Study 61
Cloud Study 75
Cloud Study 75
Cloud Study 80 Round
Cloud Study 80 Round
Cloud Study 79
Cloud Study 79
Rainbow Circle
Rainbow Circle
Mariposa
Mariposa
Red and White
Red and White
Untitled (Red Eye)
Untitled (Red Eye)
Cloud Study 71
Cloud Study 71
Cloud Study 27
Cloud Study 27
Cloud Study 46
Cloud Study 46
Cloud Study 17
Cloud Study 17
Cloud Study 53
Cloud Study 53
May Day
May Day
Cloud Study 58
Cloud Study 58
Lucky #13
Lucky #13
Cloud Study 45
Cloud Study 45
Water Study 1
Water Study 1
Cloud Study 40
Cloud Study 40
Moth In Flight
Moth In Flight
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
Cloud Study 66 Round
Cloud Study 66 Round
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 60" diameter
2019
Cloud Study 67
Cloud Study 67
mixed media photo encaustic, 40x40
2019
Cloud Study 50 Round
Cloud Study 50 Round
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48" diameter
2019
Cloud Study 69
Cloud Study 69
mixed media photo encaustic on panel 48x48
2019
Cloud Study 68 Round
Cloud Study 68 Round
mixed media photo encaustic, 48" diameter
2019
Cloud Study 65
Cloud Study 65
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2019
Cloud Study 55
Cloud Study 55
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2019
Cloud Study 72
Cloud Study 72
mixed media photo encasutic, 36x48
2019
Cloud Study 70
Cloud Study 70
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x36
2019
Cloud Study 74
Cloud Study 74
mixed media photo encaustic, 30x60
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 80 Round
Cloud Study 80 Round
mixed media photo encaustic, 24" diameter
2019
Cloud Study 79
Cloud Study 79
mixed media photo encaustic, 30x30
2019
Rainbow Circle
Rainbow Circle
mixed media photo encaustic, 60" diameter
2019
Mariposa
Mariposa
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 12x12
2019
Red and White
Red and White
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 9x12
2019
Untitled (Red Eye)
Untitled (Red Eye)
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8.25x10
2019
Cloud Study 71
Cloud Study 71
mixed media photo encaustic, 30x40
2019
Cloud Study 27
Cloud Study 27
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x36
2019
Cloud Study 46
Cloud Study 46
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2019
Cloud Study 17
Cloud Study 17
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48x60
2019
Cloud Study 53
Cloud Study 53
mixed media photo encaustic, 40x40
2018
May Day
May Day
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 16x20.5
2019
Cloud Study 58
Cloud Study 58
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 48x48
2019
Lucky #13
Lucky #13
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 24x24
2018
Cloud Study 45
Cloud Study 45
mixed media photo encaustic, 24x30
2018
Water Study 1
Water Study 1
mixed media photo encaustic, 40x40
2018
Cloud Study 40
Cloud Study 40
mixed media photo encaustic, 47.75x60
2018
Moth In Flight
Moth In Flight
mixed media photo encaustic, 48x60
2017
Cielito Lindo
Cielito Lindo
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 13x35.5
2017

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