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 11
Cloud Study 11

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 11
Cloud Study 11
Cloud Study 91 (diptych)
Cloud Study 91 (diptych)
Cloud Study 17
Cloud Study 17
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
Dogwood and Nest 1
Dogwood and Nest 1
Butterfly Quad
Butterfly Quad
Cloud Study 15
Cloud Study 15
Cloud Study 18
Cloud Study 18
Cloud Study 79
Cloud Study 79
Cloud Study 97
Cloud Study 97
Black and White Butterly
Black and White Butterly
Cloud Study 85 Round
Cloud Study 85 Round
Cloud Study 84
Cloud Study 84
Cloud Study 98
Cloud Study 98
8 Miles from Memphis
8 Miles from Memphis
Interstate Bar-B-Q
Interstate Bar-B-Q
Shell Station
Shell Station
Rearview
Rearview
Roadside Market
Roadside Market
Worst Case Scenario
Worst Case Scenario
Delta Dirt
Delta Dirt
KFC and Coca Cola
KFC and Coca Cola
Strip Mall
Strip Mall
Southern Sunset
Southern Sunset
Roadwork Ahead
Roadwork Ahead
Road to Tunica
Road to Tunica
Lure's Eye View
Lure's Eye View
5 Miles from Memphis
5 Miles from Memphis
Blue and White Cafe
Blue and White Cafe
Magnolia
Magnolia
Graffiti
Graffiti
Drive By
Drive By
Boiled Peanuts
Boiled Peanuts
Corey B. Trotz
Corey B. Trotz
Tennessee Lottery
Tennessee Lottery
Bus Lot
Bus Lot
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 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 27
Cloud Study 27
Cloud Study 46
Cloud Study 46
Cloud Study 40
Cloud Study 40
Cloud Study 11
Cloud Study 11
mixed media photo encuastic on panel, 36x48
2021
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
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
Dogwood and Nest 1
Dogwood and Nest 1
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x30
2020
Butterfly Quad
Butterfly Quad
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
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 79
Cloud Study 79
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x60
2020
Cloud Study 97
Cloud Study 97
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2020
Black and White Butterly
Black and White Butterly
mixed media photo encuastic on panel, 48x36
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 98
Cloud Study 98
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2020
8 Miles from Memphis
8 Miles from Memphis
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Interstate Bar-B-Q
Interstate Bar-B-Q
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Shell Station
Shell Station
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Rearview
Rearview
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Roadside Market
Roadside Market
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Worst Case Scenario
Worst Case Scenario
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Delta Dirt
Delta Dirt
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
KFC and Coca Cola
KFC and Coca Cola
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Strip Mall
Strip Mall
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Southern Sunset
Southern Sunset
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Roadwork Ahead
Roadwork Ahead
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Road to Tunica
Road to Tunica
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Lure's Eye View
Lure's Eye View
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
5 Miles from Memphis
5 Miles from Memphis
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2020
Blue and White Cafe
Blue and White Cafe
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Magnolia
Magnolia
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Graffiti
Graffiti
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Drive By
Drive By
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Boiled Peanuts
Boiled Peanuts
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Corey B. Trotz
Corey B. Trotz
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Tennessee Lottery
Tennessee Lottery
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
Bus Lot
Bus Lot
mixed media photo encaustic on paper on panel, 24x36
2019
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 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 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 40
Cloud Study 40
mixed media photo encaustic, 47.75x60
2018

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