San Francisco's own Marcia Stuermer is a Potrero Hill-based artist, designer, and furniture maker who uses her medium, resin, to freeze bits of contemporary life.
Take a close look at one of her studio's amber-like tabletops, screens, or installations. Frozen beneath the glowing, tinted surfaces you'll find computer chips, CDs, photographic film, x-rays, botanicals, bread, or other artist- or client-selected detritus, lending Stuermer's "Fossil Faux" pieces some of the fascination of an archaeological dig. Stuermer's work is popular with technology firms in Silicon Valley, but she also will work with individuals to create custom pieces more suited to homes, such as botanical screen panels for the bathroom pictured on her site.
Steurmer's most intriguing works incorporate ideas or objects from science and technology. We like the Genetic Bar Code series, which sandwiches resin strips of different hues to create a pattern of real significance. (Bar Code in Santa Rosa liked it a lot too, and renamed themselves after commissioning a genetic bar as their centerpiece.)
We think that if you've got the budget on a kitchen or bathroom rehab to have custom countertops, wall panels, or even handrails created, it would be really fun to go the extra length and commission something thematic or personal, using your own objects of special significance.
Launchpad says: "Stuermer manipulates the conceptual duality of nature and technology into a delicately frozen animation with her exquisite, translucent creations."