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 SOUTH OF SYDNEY, WHERE I WAS TRAINED TO BECOME A DOMESTIC SERVANT WITH A STRICT REGIME OF HONESTY, COURTESY, SELF-DISCIPLINE & RESPECT.

AT 6, ADOPTION GAVE ME A NEW IDENTITY & RELIGION WHICH TOOK POSSESSION OF MY MIND & LIFE. MY WHITE PARENTS RIGIDLY ENFORCED BALDWIN SPENCER'S OPINION THAT HALF-CASTS WERE SUBHUMAN & OUTRAGED MY HONESTY. 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 PERSUADED MY MOTHER TO SEND ME TO ART CLASSES, RELEASING ME FROM THE OPPRESSION OF ABUSE & REPRESSION OF MY MENTAL GROWTH.

DOT PAINTING IS A FORM OF ABORIGINAL RELIGION. IT ENFORCES MENTAL DISCIPLINE, MENTAL CLARITY & MAKES ME FOCUS ON NOW, NOT THEN, SHUTTING DOWN FRACTURED STATES OF ME, MYSELF & I. ADELE NOZEDAR'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SECRET SIGNS & SYMBOLS, 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 & KIND OF SHORTHAND FOR THE TENETS OF FAITH".

BALDWIN SPENCER & FRANK GILLEN'S STUDY ON ABORIGINAL RELIGIOUS BELIEF INSPIRED FREUD'S "TOTEM & TABOO" & LED TO ABORIGINES OF THE MOST ANCIENT & CONTINUOUS LIVING CULTURE ON EARTH.BEING CLASSIFIED AS A SUBSPECIES OF PAN TROGLODYTE. THE ENGLISH ALPHABET DEVELOPED FROM SEVERAL EARLY WRITING SYSTEMS, BEGINNING WITH ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPHS CIRCA 3000 BC, FOLLOWED BY SEMITIC (1500 BC), FOLLOWED BY PHOENICIAN (1000 BC), FOLLOWED BY GREEK (600 BC), FOLLOWED BY ROMAN (114 AD), THEN THE MODERN ALPHABET.

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

MY PARENTS WERE LIMITED TO EGYPTIAN "HU" OR AUTHORITATIVE SPEECH OF THRICE-GREAT THOTH; "LORD OF WORDS, THE GREAT & VENERABLE APE"; A GREEK NAME FORMED BY THE MAGICAL LETTER THETA = "THE ALL" (PAN), EACH SIDE OF ZERO, "THE NOTHING AT ALL"; SYMBOLIC OF OUR SPINAL CORD OR SERPENT OF LIFE, DJEHU-TI, "THE RECORDING ANGEL", WITH THE RAM-HEADED GOD, "AM-MON" (AMEN) IN OUR NEANDERTHAL LIMBIC SYSTEM - THE SEAT OF HUMAN EMOTIONS - BOUND TO SERVE "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" IN THE NEW BRAIN ABOVE; HENCE THE TERM "AS ABOVE, SO BELOW". MY MOTHER NEVER WANTED ME & SPENT MUCH OF HER TIME & ENERGY FORCING ME TO FIT THE IDEA I WAS SUBHUMAN, SHE LIMITED ME TO MY "LITTLE BRAIN" OR STONE-AGE CEREBELLUM, ONCE CALLED "THE WORKER" IN THE TREE OF LIFE, BUT HER PLANS BACKFIRED..I DEVELOPED SKILLS SHE LACKED, PROMPTING HER SUPERIORS TO HELP ME IN ANY WAY THEY COULD.

OUR TREE OF LIFE IS SEPARATE & APART FROM THE REST OF THE BRAIN, JUST AS MY PARENTS KEPT ME SEPARATE & APART FROM WHITE & ABORIGINAL SOCIETY. IT HANDLES FINE MOTOR SKILLS, CO-ORDINATION, PRECISION, ACCURATE TIMING & REGULATES FEAR & PLEASURE RESPONSES FROM SENSORY SYSTEMS IN OUR SPINAL CORD. IT ALSO HANDLES SOME COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS LIKE ATTENTION & LANGUAGE, ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING THROUGH THOUGHT & EXPERIENCE, BUT ITS FINE MOTOR SKILLS ARE THE MOST HIGHLY DEVELOPED.

ART MIRRORS LIFE & BYPASSES THE INTELLECT. I FACE THE SAME CHALLENGES, BUT RELY ON NECESSITY AS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. DOT PAINTING RESTORED SELF RESPECT & ACCEPTANCE OF MY "LITTLE SELF".




A GRAND TOUR OF THIS LAND, OUR LAND



THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE



MAGIC CARPETS IN GOD'S OWN COUNTRY



VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"



BUSH MEDICINE & BUSH TUCKER



LIFE & SYMBOLISM IN WHITE SOCIETY



THE BIBLE & POWER OF HONESTY