Stratman's work reveals a personal journey by contemplating the interior landscape of the psyche and how this resonates with her experience of the exterior world. The 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 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 Stratman, expressing through sculpture, it is her way of understanding the cosmos and her small part in it.
There is a metaphorical interplay between the natural imagery used and it’s multiple meanings. While the human figure features strongly, it is the essence of the body that is important, not the representation. Particularly, 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, Stratman also hopes to comment on the larger picture of our impact on the natural world.