From the series Spots, 2012
72 stereoscopic drawings
Indian ink, watercolor and graphite on paper
The series of stereoscopic watercolors juxtaposes fragmented portraits of 21st-century dictators, in silhouettes of their countries, with the terror they incite against their people. The blood-red color accentuates the theatrically staged evil. Stratmann plays with the optical phenomenon of spatial vision, the conscious application of the convergence mechanism, in which a spatial image is created from two partial images. Only when looking at one another, when the image seems to be out of focus, do the two representations overlap and generate a third image in the synthesis. An apparent paradox, since the spatial image only becomes visible when looking away or past. The cause of the evil and the effects of their actions merge into one picture.