Artist: Jennyfer Stratman
"My work reveals a personal journey by contemplating the interior landscape of the psyche and how this resonates with my experience of the exterior world. My work is a continued exploration of interconnections between all things from the subatomic to the galactic, expressed primarily through figuration and natural elements.
The narrative qualities in my work evoke an emotional response that speaks broadly about the experience of being human. All of us have a primordial knowledge of the universe locked inside our bodies that is manifest in our varied ways of viewing our world and beyond. For me, expressed through my sculpture, it is my way of understanding the cosmos and my small part in it.
There is a metaphorical interplay between the natural imagery I use and it’s multiple meanings. While the human figure features strongly, it is the essence of the body that is important to me, not the representation. Particularly, I imagine trees and branches as a figurative link between the natural environment and our physical presence. The implied internal landscape of the body can also be reflected in how our surroundings from birth affect our sense of identity. By exploring landscapes of the body and mind, I also hope to comment on the larger picture of our impact on the natural world."