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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

She let her body sway with the movement of the train

Thea Jones


15 July 2021–04 September 2021

One of my mum’s favourite complaints about her childhood is being forced to wear scratchy home-made underwear, and as kids we were always reminded about how lucky we were to have shop-bought undies.

‘She let her body sway with the movement of the train’ considers the role of nostalgia in popularising craft-based practises, and the return to the artisanal as a growing (upper) middle class mode of homemaking. Utilising multiple forms of hand-crafting, this exhibition delves into the intersections of class, queerness, rural upbringing, and the construction of white settler femininity in so-called Australia, to critically engage with becoming and being a “good white (country) girl.”

This exhibition takes place on the unceded sovereign lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nations. I pay deep respect to their elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise their ongoing and unbroken connection to land and waters. I acknowledge and pay respect to the Dharawal people, on whose land I was born, and Wiradjuri people, on whose beautiful country I was raised. My maternal grandparents farm is overlooked by Kengal, a Dreaming place and sacred site for Wiradjuri people. This country significantly shaped my childhood, and has informed much of the work in this exhibition. I acknowledge the deep harm and ongoing damage that the settler-colonial project continues to inflict in this country, and recognise that these lands always were, and always will be Aboriginal lands.

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  • Thea Jones is an artist of white Welsh/English settler heritage based in Naarm (Melbourne), and raised in rural NSW. Encompassing writing, textiles, and matrilineal crafts, her work is guided by critical race, feminist, and queer theories; folklore and amateur histories. Thea is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts at the VCA, she is the General Manager at West Space, and is on the Board of Directors at SEVENTH Gallery.