Don’t Be Such a Girl series, 2021

Don't be such a girl! Dumb, stupid, sensitive, fearful, fragile, feminine, emotional, precious, pathetic, weak and useless.   In front of me is a photograph. I am 5 years old and surrounded by my brother and cousins. I am the only one looking into the camera. I

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

Remembering, 2019

The starting point for her current work began 2013 in the Czech Republic when the artist revisited her mother’s homeland in Czech Republic. This particular artwork “Remembering” is heavily influenced by her participation in a Finnish residency at Arteles Creative Center called Silence Awareness Existence

Thawed, 2019

Thaw is a response to participating in the Silence Awareness Existence residency at Arteles Creative Creatre, Finland early 2018.   "Held during the Northern winter in the middle of the Finnish countryside I felt the snow covered land resonate with me in a profound way. I have

Sometimes I feel, 2017

    Commissioned for the Joondalup Invitational Art Award 2017.  15 -28 October 2017 at Lakeside Centre - Joondalup, WA.

The stories I tell myself, 2017

    Underlying my 17 years of art practice has been an interest in how meaning is constructed. How we are defined and confined by the physiology, psychology, culture, geography and time we are born into and live. Contexts which inform us and give us meaning. Meaning

The stories I tell myself 2, 2017

    The starting point for this work began in 2013 in the Czech Republic when the artist revisited her mother’s homeland and developed a further interest in how an individual is constructed. Gentle strands and crude stitches forming the pattern of conditioning imposed by external and

The weight of waiting, 2017

This artwork was commissioned for the eighth Stations of the Cross annual exhibition.   Exhibiting: 8th - 17th April 2017                     Wesley Church, Perth, WA 26th May - 11th June 2017          Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA     Running

Lines that Define series (exhibition), 2016

  17 June - 3 July 2016 Paper Mountain ARI, Perth   Lines that Define: the exploration of subjectivity and perspective by artists Olga Cironis and Mel Dare. Inspired by their personal narratives and migrant cultural contexts, Cironis and Dare produce socially-charged yet personal 3D and flatline works respectively. While