“Jones looks at colonial history with a fascinating perspective that can place the viewer, regardless of skin colour, gender or sexuality, in the picture. She queers the image, exquisitely.” Andrew Stephens, ‘The show that would have shocked the NGV’s old guard’, The Age & Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2022
Dianne Jones is a Ballardong artist from Noongar Country, in Western Australia. Jones utilises photo-media to reposition the representation of Aboriginal Peoples and enact creative resistance to historical and contemporary colonial ideologies. Jones’ art practice reveals what is missing from pervasive Australian narratives and art history, highlighting the multifaceted nature of contemporary Indigenous identities.
Born in Northam, Western Australia, Jones has completed a Masters by Research in Fine Arts at VCA (2016) and is currently completing her Doctorate at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include Queer: stories from the NGV Collection at the National Gallery of Victoria, The Grand Tour, Parliament House of Western Australia (Artist in Residence), Old ways, new ways, at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne and Black Magic at Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne. Dianne Jones’ work is held in many important public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Parliament House Perth WA, Edith Cowan University, and the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands.