Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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I WAS BORN IN 1949 AFTER MY 14 YR OLD MOTHER WAS RAPED BY A WHITE MAN. AT 13 MONTHS, I WAS SENT TO BOMADERRY MISSION SOUTH OF SYDNEY. THERE I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY, COURTESY, SELF-DISCIPLINE & RESPECT.

AT 6, ADOPTION ERASED MY IDENTITY & A NEW NAME & NEW RELIGION TOOK POSSESSION OF MY MIND & LIFE. MY WHITE PARENTS RIGIDLY ENFORCED BALDWIN SPENCER'S OPINION THAT HALF-CASTS WERE SUBHUMAN, WHICH OUTRAGED MY HONESTY & 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 WAS READING ADULT LITERATURE. WHEN I WAS 10, THE MOTHER-SUPERIOR OF MY SCHOOL VISITED MY MOTHER & PERSUADED HER TO SEND ME TO ART CLASSES, CHANGING MY INNER WORLD & RELEASING ME FROM THE OPPRESSION OF ABUSE & REPRESSION OF MY MENTAL GROWTH.

DOT PAINTING IS A MODERN FORM OF ABORIGINAL RELIGION ENFORCING MENTAL DISCIPLINE & MENTAL CLARITY. IT FORCES ME TO FOCUS ON NOW, NOT THEN & SHUTS DOWN PAST LIVES & FRACTURED STATES OF "ME, MYSELF & I". IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SECRET SIGNS & SYMBOLS, ADELE NOZEDAR'S STATES: "THE DOT IS AN UNASSUMING LITTLE THING WHICH REPRESENTS THE BEGINNING. IT IS BOTH AN ORIGINATION & A CONCLUSION, ENCOMPASSING ALL THE PROBABILITIES OF THE UNIVERSE WITHIN IT; A SEED FULL OF POTENTIAL & SYMBOL OF THE SUPREME BEING. IT ALSO ACTS AS A REMINDER OF THE CONCEPT OF SPACE & AS A SORT OF SHORTHAND FOR THE TENETS OF FAITH".

EMILE DURKHEIM'S TOME, "THE ELEMENTARY FORMS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE" & FREUD'S TOTEM & TABOO" WERE INSPIRED BY BALDWIN SPENCER & FRANK GILLEN'S ETHNOGRAPHY & VIEWS ON ABORIGINAL RELIGIOUS BELIEF. THEY TAUGHT THE WORLD & INFLUENCED ITS PERCEPTION OF THE MOST ANCIENT & CONTINUOUS LIVING CULTURE ON EARTH. FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXPERT, MARIANNE COOLEY, STATES THE ENGLISH ALPHABET DEVELOPED FROM SEVERAL EARLY WRITING SYSTEMS, BEGINNING WITH THE SIGN WRITING OF ANCIENT EGYPT. EACH LETTER DEVELOPED STARTING WITH THE EGYPTIAN, CIRCA 3000 BC, FOLLOWED BY SEMITIC C 1500 BC, FOLLOWED BY PHOENICIAN C 1000 BC, FOLLOWED BY GREEK C 600 BC, FOLLOWED BY ROMAN C 114 AD & FINALLY OUR MODERN ALPHABET.

MANY OF OUR WORDS & PLACE-NAMES ARE SUMERIAN & OLD AKKADIAN, "THE SACRED & LEARNED LANGUAGE OF RELIGION & LAW" OF MESOPOTAMIA. A MERE 247 YEARS HASN'T CHANGED OUR DNA. UNLIKE YOUNGER CULTURES, WE NEVER MENTION OR WORSHIP THE DEAD FOR FEAR OF HARM THEY CAN CAUSE THE LIVING. FOR 40,000 YEARS, WE OBEYED THE LAWS OF OUR PRIMORDIAL WHITE ANCESTORS, WHO FORBADE CREATION OF IMAGES OF THEM IN ANY FORM & GAVE CLANS SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN SACRED ART (OUR RELIGION), PRESERVING THE DREAMING & BASIS OF OUR SOCIETY, IE: SOCIAL CONTROL, LAND MANAGEMENT; DIVISION OF LABOUR, TERRITORIAL RIGHTS, HUNTING & GATHERING & MARRIAGE LAWS BASED ON TOTEMIC BLOODLINES TO AVOID INBREEDING.

MY PARENTS WERE LIMITED TO "HU" OR EGYPTIAN "AUTHORITATIVE SPEECH" OF THOTH; LORD OF WORDS. MY COLONIAL "MOTHER" NEVER WANTED ME & INVESTED ALL HER TIME & ENERGY MAKING ME "FIT" THE IDEA I WAS SUBHUMAN BY LIMITING ME TO MY "LITTLE BRAIN" OR CEREBELLUM ("THE WORKER") AKA THE TREE OF LIFE. BUT HER PLANS BACKFIRED & DID THE OPPOSITE. I DEVELOPED SKILLS SHE LACKED THAT WERE ADMIRED & SUPPORTED BY HER SUPERIORS.

OUR TREE OF LIFE HANDLES FINE MOTOR SKILLS, CO-ORDINATION, PRECISION & ACCURATE TIMING WHICH IS NATURAL TO ALL ABORIGINES. IT REGULATES FEAR & PLEASURE RESPONSES, RECEIVING INPUT FROM SENSORY SYSTEMS WITHIN OUR SPINAL CORD, WHICH IT INTEGRATES TO FINE TUNE VOLUNTARY & INSTINCTIVE MOTOR ACTIVITY. IT ALSO HANDLES SOME COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS LIKE ATTENTION & LANGUAGE, ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING THROUGH THOUGHT & EXPERIENCE.

ART REFLECTS LIFE & I FACE THE SAME CHALLENGES MENTALLY & SPIRITUALLY. DOT PAINTING BYPASSES THE INTELLECT, CAUSING ME TO ACCEPT NECESSITY AS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. THROUGHOUT MY LIFE SOMEONE ALWAYS GAVE ME WHAT I NEEDED WHEN I NEEDED IT & RESTORED MY FAITH IN HUMANITY, BUT DOT PAINTING RESTORED MY SELF RESPECT & ACCEPTANCE OF MY "LITTLE SELF".




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