My Darling Patricia
Posts in the Paddock combines research into the life of notorious historical figure Jimmy Governor with installation, storytelling, sound, film and puppetry to investigate contemporary dialogues of reconciliation. Jimmy Governor is the real-life person that Thomas Keneally’s controversial book The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was based on. Posts in the Paddock is a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, with a family connection to the story of Jimmy Governor. Through the oral histories of two families, the work investigates broader questions around shared grief, shame and reconciliation. This work benefits from three years of research, creative development, inter-cultural dialogue and consultation. The ripple effects of this project will influence the artists involved for years to come. The artists who have worked as a part of the Bundanon residency are: LeRoy Parsons, Loretta Parsley, Lily Shearer, Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor, Michelle Blakeney, Halcyon Macleod and Clare Britton.