Libby L. Gerber

Libby’s work explores the intersections between urban life, the environment, and society. Her Topography of Cracks ink drawings are intricate representations of cracks in Seattle’s sidewalks, foundations, and streets.


What’s your favorite part of the creative process? When I’m experimenting with a new idea or technique. It feels full of possibilities and I usually haven’t figured out how hard it’s going to be at that point yet.

Do you have any art-related skills most people don’t know about? Making art has taught me to become a master of the work-around. Luckily that skill is transferable to all aspects of life.

When does inspiration most often strike you? I get a lot of ideas when I’m walking. That’s part of the reason I’ve been drawing a lot of cracks: you see them everywhere when you walk around Seattle.

Are there any artists you know who have helped you become a better artist? I’m lucky to have had a lot of artist mentors. The ones who have helped me the most are those who have continued to make art over the span of a lifetime through the wild ups and downs of life.

How do you know when a piece is finished? I know a piece is finished when every time I try to work on it I make it worse instead of better.