Mending Broken Boundaries series, 2019-2020

For 20 years Melanie Dare has explored personal narrative. Most recently unraveling some of the threads which form her story. At the start of this body of artwork she had a major operation, then later another. Both times the wound was packed with gauze as

Cultivation of the Pearl series, 2020

  To culture a pearl a mollusc is traumatised so it forms a hard barrier in order to survive - the pearl.  The process begins by inserting a foreign body into it's flesh. Over years the numerous layers of protection increase and a pearl is formed