By Yasmijn Jarram

In her playful, and at times obsessive drawings, Aaltje Drammer expressed her fears and dreams. She worked on rolls of brown wrapping paper. The only way in which her nurses could make her stop drawing was by ripping the drawing off the role of paper. That’s why the sheets of paper are not straight and often ragged.

Aaltje Dammer worked in an obsessive and nervous manner – from left to right, until the wrapping paper was full. She sometimes worked in a trance drawing circles and squares with occasionally a horse or another shape. Both her imaginative, unrealistic use of colour as well as her handwriting give her work a childlike and primitive look.