Marcia Stuermer

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(415) 621-6484

Neighborhood: SOMA

The primary medium in my mixed media work is translucent resin that is either hand-cast specifically for the intended piece or upcycled from remnants from both my studio practice and the large architectural projects created by my company. My ‘closed-loop’ process of using resin remnants otherwise slated for landfill in my practice is driven by a strong commitment to sustainability, which simultaneously presents me with exciting challenges of transforming these remnants into cohesive, evocative visual statements. Most of my work has undercurrents of wry commentary on contemporary situations and issues. My most recent body of works revolves around the Covid pandemic and involves visual dialogues with rich surface drawings on inky black resin slabs.

My work is driven by my fascination with scientific inquiry of the underlying energy, patterns and processes of the natural, chemical and biological worlds, the underpinnings of which I feel have a relevance to our collective contemporary milieu. Much of my studio work involves a ‘barcode’ series that springboards from the ubiquitous barcode graphic of our contemporary, consumer-based world in which I juxtapose hand-drawn, wrap-around drawings of microscopic cellular imagery that augment and heighten the intended effect and message of each work. Other works incorporate engraving techniques, embedded 3D elements within the resin, and low-profile sculptural constructions.