My large, in-the-round steel sculptures convey the innate desire to enter womb-like safe spaces. Seed pods, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nests, and geological formations are my inspiration. When I look to three dimensional objects for inspiration, I am directly engaging my obsession with nurturing and protective spaces that cannot be entered as a fully formed being. In the creation of these spaces I explore the tension between the industrial and the organic visually and conceptually. I draw inspiration from natural forms that I translate through industrial processes, with an industrial material to form organic objects. Then I paint the work bright colors to abstract it from its inspiration. The juxtaposition of hand-bent and straight pieces of steel in my latest work continues the dialogue between the industrial and the organic.


Lily Erb is an artist and nurturer. Grass-fed and locally-raised in Charlottesville, Va, 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 be back in the C-Ville again. She spends her days welding in her studio in Free Union, taking care of two aging ponies, and providing childcare for several lovely families in the area.