Lily Erb

  The Road Not Taken , steel, spray paint, string, local quartz, 120 x 70 x 30 inches, 2017

The Road Not Taken, steel, spray paint, string, local quartz, 120 x 70 x 30 inches, 2017

The Road Not Taken speaks to the anxiety I have around making the 'right' life decisions. I worry about regretting leaving the town where I live or regretting staying. I worry about regretting not going to graduate school. This piece is the physical representation of the tangle I create when trying to map out the different paths I could take. It becomes a jumbled incomprehensible mess. The strings end up touching each hook but at different times and in different patterns. This helped me to see that there are many points at which you can change your decisions or your decisions can change you.

  Yellow Mountain , steel and paint, 72 x 156 x 1,200 inches, 2013

Yellow Mountain, steel and paint, 72 x 156 x 1,200 inches, 2013

Yellow Mountain was the first piece I completed after my undergraduate degree. At that point I was focused on topographical maps as my inspirational spark, but the topography of the Tennessee mountains where it was created was the most direct inspiration. I wanted to be able to wander through the interior of those mountains. I was a resident artist at Yellow Bird Sculpture Park at that time, spending my days nestled into scrappy hills and wild woods. This piece was a perfect homage to that experience and time in my life.

 

Biography

Lily Erb is an artist and nurturer. Grass-fed and locally-raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, she flew east to attend Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts for her undergraduate degree where she began welding and eventually came to think of herself as an artist. Though she spent the requisite post-college year avoiding home, she’s proud to have been back in Charlottesville for three years now. She spends her days welding in her tractor barn-turned-studio, taking care of two aging ponies and providing childcare for several lovely families in the area.