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 225
Cloud 225

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 225
Cloud 225
Cloud 201
Cloud 201
Cloud 223
Cloud 223
Cloud 209
Cloud 209
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Cloud 215
Cloud 210
Cloud 210
Butterfly (2022 diptych)
Butterfly (2022 diptych)
Round Cloud Study 5
Round Cloud Study 5
Marble 1
Marble 1
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Marble 2
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Marble 3
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Marble 28
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Marble 42
Marble 42
Marble 53
Marble 53
Marble 54
Marble 54
Marble 55
Marble 55
Cloud 225
Cloud 225
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2022
Cloud 201
Cloud 201
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x48
2022
Cloud 223
Cloud 223
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2022
Cloud 209
Cloud 209
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 30x30
2022
Cloud 215
Cloud 215
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 60x60
2022
Cloud 210
Cloud 210
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 36x60
2022
Butterfly (2022 diptych)
Butterfly (2022 diptych)
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 58x48
2022
Round Cloud Study 5
Round Cloud Study 5
mixed media photo encaustic, 36"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
Marble 6
Marble 6
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
Marble 7
Marble 7
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
Marble 8
Marble 8
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 40x40
2021
Marble 9
Marble 9
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 10
Marble 10
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 11
Marble 11
mixed media photo 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 photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 16
Marble 16
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 20
Marble 20
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 21
Marble 21
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 28
Marble 28
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 29
Marble 29
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 30
Marble 30
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 32
Marble 32
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 33
Marble 33
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2021
Marble 42
Marble 42
mixed media photo encaustic on panel, 24x24
2021
Marble 53
Marble 53
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2022
Marble 54
Marble 54
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2022
Marble 55
Marble 55
mixed media photo encaustic on paper, 8x8
2022

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