Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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I WAS BORN IN 1949 AFTER MY14 YR OLD MOTHER WAS RAPED BY A WHITE MAN. AT 13 MONTHS, THE ABORIGINAL PROTECTION BOARD SENT HER NORTH & ME TO BOMADERRY U.A.M, SOUTH OF SYDNEY, WHERE SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES DIDN'T EXIST & I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY, SELF-DISCIPLINE, RESPECT & COURTESY.

AT 6, I WAS ADOPTED. MY NAME WAS ERASED & I CEASED TO EXIST AS THE PERSON i WAS. MY NEW NAME & A NEW RELIGION TOOK POSSESSION OF ME. MY WHITE PARENTS RIGIDLY ENFORCED SIR BALDWIN SPENCER'S OPINION THAT A MIXED-RACED CHILD WAS SUBHUMAN, OUTRAGING MY.HONESTY & SENSE OF MORALITY. AT 8 I HELPED THEM CLEAN THE COMMONWEALTH BANK. WHEN JOBS WERE DONE, BOREDOM DROVE ME TO LEARN TO READ TIME MAGAZINE IN THE STAFF ROOM. AT 9 I COULD READ ALL THE MAGAZINES. WHEN I WAS 10, MOTHER-SUPERIOR FROM ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL VISITED MY PARENTS AT HOME & PERSUADED MY MOTHER TO SEND ME TO ART CLASSES, WHICH CHANGED MY INNER WORLD. PAINTING RELEASED ME FROM THE OPPRESSION OF ABUSE & REPRESSION OF MY MENTAL GROWTH & WAS MY ESCAPE FROM THE REALITY OF MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

THIS GALLERY TRACES MY JOURNEY TO RE-UNITE THE RACIALLY DIVIDED HALVES OF MYSELF. ADELE NOZEDA'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SECRET SIGNS AND SYMBOLS ACCURATELY DEFINES MY SPIRITUAL STATE WHEN DOT PAINTING: "THE CONCEPT OF SPACE, THE VOID, IS A PROFOUND PART OF OUR EXPERIENCE. TO REACH A STATE OF 'EMPTINESS' IS, FOR MANY, THE ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE AND A WAY OF CONNECTING TO THE ABSOLUTE ...THE DOT IS BOTH AN ORIGINATION AND A CONCLUSION, ENCOMPASSING ALL THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE UNIVERSE WITHIN IT, A SEED FULL OF POTENTIAL & A SYMBOL OF THE SUPREME BEING."

DOT PAINTING IS A MODERN FORM OF ABORIGINAL RELIGION. IT ENFORCES MENTAL DISCIPLINE, RESTORES SELF-CONFIDENCE, SELF-ESTEEM & MENTAL CLARITY, MAKING ME FOCUS ON NOW, NOT THEN & SHUTS DOWN PAST LIVES & FRACTURED STATES OF ME, MYSELF & I, RECONNECTING ME TO NATURE & REALITY. DOT PAINTING HAS BEEN A LONG APPRENTICESHIP LEARNING TO ACCEPT MYSELF.

MY PARENTS WERE LIMITED TO "HU", IE: SANSKRIT "SACRIFICE" & EGYPTIAN "AUTHORITATIVE SPEECH" = HU-MAN JUDGEMENT OF THRICE-GREAT HERMES ΘΏΘ THṒTH, GOD OF THE MOON & ALL KNOWLEDGE, MERGED WITH HERMES, FATHER OF PAN, FROM WHICH WE GET THE WORD PANIC. THOTH'S EPITHETS INCLUDE: "LORD OF SCRIPT; LORD OF JUDGING; THE GREAT & VENERABLE APE". KNOWN AS A "PSYCHO POMP" (SPIRITUAL GUIDE). HIS PRIMEVAL NAME WAS BABA, THE GREAT WHITE ONE - A GIANT ANTHROPOID APE. THOTH'S LOWER HUMAN FORM WAS A BIPEDAL PRIMATE, OF THE SPECIES HOMOSAPIEN IN THE FAMILY HOMINIDAE (GREAT APES), REVERED AS ANCESTORS BY PHARAOHS LIKE THOTH-MES (ANOINTED ONE). MY LIFE HAS BEEN A LONG BATTLE AGAINST THIS DEIFIED APE & HORNED GOD, ENKI (IGIGI) WHO OVERTHREW THE OLD GODS.

HOMO SAPIENS, THE SPECIES TO WHICH ALL MODERN HUMAN BEINGS BELONG, ARE GROUPED UNDER THE GENUS HOMO, CLOSELY RELATED TO MODERN HUMANS (NOTABLY HOMO ERECTUS & HOMO NEANDERTHAL"ENSIS" (PLURAL TITLE OF SUMERIAN PRIEST-KINGS), BUT HOMOSAPIEN IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS NOT EXTINCT.

A MERE 247 YEARS HASN'T CHANGED OUR DNA. UNLIKE OTHER CULTURES, WE NEVER MENTION OR WORSHIP THE DEAD FOR FEAR OF HARM THEY CAN CAUSE THE LIVING. THE EGYPTIAN PRIESTHOOD & NOBLES BELIEVED "TO SPEAK A MAN'S NAME IS TO MAKE HIM LIVE AGAIN".

FOR 40,000+ YEARS WE KEPT THE LAWS OF OUR ANCIENT SKY HEROES. THEY FORBADE US TO CREATE IMAGES OF THEM & GAVE US SACRED SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN ART (OUR RELIGION); PRESERVED ORALLY IN THE DREAMING & BASIS OF OUR SOCIETY, IE: SOCIAL CONTROL, LAND MANAGEMENT; TERRITORIAL RIGHTS, DIVISION OF LABOUR, HUNTING & GATHERING & LAWS TO AVOID INBREEDING.

ART MIRRORS LIFE & I FACE THE SAME CHALLENGES SPIRITUALLY. DOT PAINTING FORCES ME TO ACCEPT NECESSITY AS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, BYPASSING NEGATIVE CONDITIONING. THROUGHOUT MY LIFE SOMEONE HAS ALWAYS GIVEN ME WHAT I NEEDED WHEN I NEEDED IT MOST. I TRAVELLED AROUND AUSTRALIA LIKE A WANDERING JEW TRYING TO FIND MYSELF, BUT ART, LITERATURE & KINDHEARTED PEOPLE OF ALL CREEDS & WALKS OF LIFE TAUGHT ME TO ACCEPT MYSELF.




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