Melanie Ducharme's work expresses memory, emotion, and identity. Like images from a visual journal, her artworks range from vague and surreal to powerful and clear. Ducharme's identity is her work and her work is identity. The concept of gender roles and social roles—chosen or imposed—appear in her work. Incorporated from and into fairytales and role models, ideas of various identities developed early. Fairytales and role models have shaped Ducharme; they have shaped her memories and emotions; they have shaped her art. Surrealism, expressionism, graffiti, and pop culture have inspired her imagery. Even in its introspective spirit, her self-portraiture grapples with these greater shaping forces.