Nowadays more marriages are not holding together untill the end, which means that more parents and children are growing up together within a new family construction, we call the Patchwork family. Being constantly confronted with a family history where she was not part of, Gjaltema is trying to find her way within her new family in Germany since 2012 as a stepmother. Becoming a mother herself in 2013 changed again her relationship with her stepdaughters and husband and a new family history is being written parallel to the original family history.
For her collages, about the continuing underlying tensions within such a family and shifting identities, she made use of the polaroid pictures she made of her family members and their surroudings since the beginning they started to form a family. She cut out the figures which leaves a frame, where she combines the frames into new portraits, just like the identities within a patchwork family are continously shifting and changing. The abstract forms, expressive colors and cutting marks of the paper, accentuate how different views come together and try to exist as a new strong object.
The Series was officially nominated for the Photogrvphy Grant 2017 and nominated for the Hellerau Photography Award 2018