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TCB acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land, recognising their connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders; past, present and future.

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Jane’s Salvation (Paterson’s Curse)
05 Apr 2017—22 Apr 2017

Jane's Salvation (Paterson's Curse)

I used to have nightmares this house was never ending
That I could crawl down into the darkest dusty corners.
I'd run giggling up the hill where the hanging rock is missing
Kengal - Lion of the Plains

I went back there with you, remember
Standing on Wiradjuri land,
We searched half-heartedly for the fallen rock.

This place is more important for my mother, here
I made the saddest childhood friend.
She told me "life's a bitch and then you die"
Atop a stack of hay bales at sunset.

Jane’s salvation and Paterson’s curse are both colloquial names for Echium plantagineum, an invasive species introduced to Australia in the 1800’s. It’s said that the seeds were introduced by Jane Paterson in an attempt to beautify her garden near Albury, NSW. The weed has now infested much of the countryside throughout southeastern Australia. It can be recognised by its vividly coloured flowers appearing as a carpet of purple across the paddocks.

I acknowledge that this work was made, and is being exhibited, on the lands of the Wurundgeri people of the Kulin Nations. I also acknowledge the Wiradjuri people as traditional owners of the land on which I was raised and upon which my family still lives.

Thea Jones is an artist based in Melbourne. She graduated from Monash University in 2013. Recent projects include All her thoughts are so tactile, 2016, Heritage Hill Dandenong. Thea will have a solo exhibition at Bus Projects in August 2017. She is also a current board member at Seventh.

Documentation by Christian Cupuro.

These exhibitions are part of TCB’s Prolegomenon series supported by the City of Melbourne’s Arts Grants Program, Creative Victoria and Hells Kitchen, which encourages intergenerational exchange between emerging and established artist.