Jennyfer Stratman was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1997 having studied visual arts and art education. She migrated to Melbourne Australia in 2001 and was granted citizenship in 2007. Her studio practice is now divided between Phoenix and Melbourne.
Stratman’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Australia. Her work is included in several corporate collections and hundreds of private collections worldwide.
“Transforming my experience and interpretation of the world into the visual language of sculpture is what inspires me to create. I aim to construct artwork rich with emotion, content and form. 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.” – Jennyfer Stratman