This series of work, I hung out his washing and it made me feel guilty (2018) explores the notion of uncertainty and the power it carries to demand a reconsideration of personal beliefs. Focusing on feminism within a contemporary social context, she analyses the nuances and conflicting perspectives encountered when trying to form a personal relationship with the ever evolving movement. Using textiles and embroidery with an awareness of their historical associations with women and ‘crafts’, Melanie uses irony and humour to repurpose the materials and present her current understanding of what it means to be a feminist. Each work in the series pays homage to specific personal occurrences that have highlighted ambiguities in the artist’s perceptions. In essence of feminism’s pluralistic nature, Melanie demonstrates through this body of work that there is more than one singular correct way to be a feminist.

Instillation view: Melanie Booth, I hung out his washing and it made me feel guilty, Sydney College of the Arts, 2018

Feminism is like an onion, embroidery thread on linen, fringing, 2018

Burn Banana, Burn, cotton, chiffon, organza, thread, dowel, 2018

Instillation view: Firm Grip, video, 2018

Instillation view: I hung out his washing and it made me feel guilty, Sydney College of the Arts, 2018

Detail shot of Prescribed reading list, pleather on felt, 2018

Instillation view: I hung out his washing and it made me feel guilty, Sydney College of the Arts, 2018

photo cred for all above: @docqment

Firm Grip, video, 2018