Sally Harrison's Dot Paintingswww.ArtPal.com/saharrison
In 1949 a white man raped my crippled 14 yr old mother, who was exiled to the far north & I to Bomaderry Mission. There I was imbued with a strict code of honesty, self-discipline & love of goodness. There was no disrespect, disobedience, lies or shirking of responsibilities, but at 6 I was Adopted, My Identity was ERASED & I ceased to exist as a person.
I can't express The Horrors of A New "home" Name & Religion; Splitting My Brains (bipolarism) by Enforced Use My Right Hand that CHAINED ME to A Belief that I was "A Child Of The Devil" (Prophecy) & Baldwin Spencer's Opinion that Half-Castes were Only Fit for Domestic Service. The Government Made His Opinion Policy, Stripped Me of My Humanity & Classed me as Sub-Human.
My "parents" UPROOTED The Good Work of The Missionaries by Serving Religion & Government as "God's" Representatives on Earth. They Faithfully Obeyed Their Decrees & Beliefs & Made Their Words "reality" (FLESH). Denial of Love & Friendships Made Me Autistic.
I was Limited to The Use of My Cerebellum, which Controls Voluntary Movement & fine motor skills. Every Day after 4pm, I helped them clean the Commonwealth Bank. When I was 8, Boredom Drove Me to Learn To Read Time Magazine & Reader's Digest in the Staff Room after doing my jobs. Luckily, when I was 10 The Nuns Persuaded Them to let me go to Saturday morning Art Classes.
In 1987, after A Lifetime of Dumb Servility, my White Persona (Mask) Disintegrated. In 1992, I Taught Myself to dot paint to Reconnect to My Aboriginality & Undertook The Laborious Task of piecing together My Shattered Mind. In 2005, I Rejected parental & social ideas & Returned to those of My Mother Figure at Bomaderry, Sister Kennedy. Her Example Taught Me to Do Without Like An Adult From Infancy & Prepared Me for Adulthood.
The Key to Self-Acceptance was Restoring Myself to One Being, Subordinate to My Early Childhood Training. Between 2014 & Now, I Re-Educated Myself At Home on The Origins of Cultural & Religious Beliefs. I compared them with Aboriginal beliefs & languages & found similar beliefs & many identical words to those of ancient Sumer (Chaldea) Akkad (Ashur) & Ur (Babylon).
Our Creator Beings Imparted Knowledge Through The Dreaming & Basis of All Aspects of Life In Traditional Aboriginal Societies, eg: Land Management & Territorial Rights, SOCIAL CONTROL, Division of Labour, hunting & gathering & Kinship Laws To Avoid INBREEDING. They Forbade Creation of Images of them in Human or Animal form & gave us Sacred Symbols & Designs to Represent Them in Sacred Art (Our Religion). Unlike Other Cultures, Our Traditions DETER Ancestor Worship for Fear of Harm & Mischief They Can Cause The Living (as vampires); a Lesson I Learned at Great Personal Cost.
Our Life's Purpose was to Preserve The Land. Of Course, Savagery occurred, but with NO KNOWLEDGE of The Blacksmith's Art & War Machines, Ours Pale into Insignificance Compared to that Endured by The Rest of Humanity.
A MERE 247 YEARS can NEVER Erase what is in Our Psyche & DNA. All our needs were met by the ancient Arts of stone & wood technology & A Wealth of Knowledge of Bush Food & Medicines.
A LIfetime spent Learning To Be Flexible & Live With Adversity, Taught Me that Necessity is The Mother of Invention.15 years of Self-Education on Aboriginal Beliefs & symbolism in order to deliver TAFE drawing & painting courses at various correctional centres, Taught Me that painting Mirrors Life. I faced exactly the same mental, emotional & physical challenges as I did in real life. Teaching those less fortunate than myself to find Pleasure & Self-Esteem through drawing & painting taught me to Overcome THE WORST ASPECTS of my Social Conditioning: FEAR of being Natural, FEAR of Failure & FEAR of what others THINK of me & My Abilities.
My Love of Art & Impressionism Gave Me The Key to Restore MENTAL BALANCE & 20-20 Vision. Art & The Dreaming Released Me From The Shackles of Fear & an ANCESTRAL, Artificial, Mental Retardation Program.
MY ANCIENT MIND & THE TIMELESS LAND
THE BIBLE & THE POWER OF LOVE
VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"
PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ABUSE
THE PEACE OF GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
BUSH MEDICINE & OTHER STORIES
THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE