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, 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 THAT TOOK POSSESSION OF MY MIND & LIFE. MY WHITE PARENTS RIGIDLY ENFORCED BALDWIN SPENCER'S OPINION THAT HALF-CASTS WERE SUBHUMAN. 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. WHEN I WAS 10, MY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL PERSUADED MY MOTHER TO SEND ME TO ART CLASSES, RELEASING ME FROM 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. 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 CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS OF THE MOST ANCIENT & CONTINUOUS LIVING CULTURE ON EARTH AS 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 OUR MODERN ALPHABET.

MANY OF OUR PLACE-NAMES ARE PHONETICALLY IDENTICAL TO MESOPOTAMIAN & EGYPTIAN WORDS, EG: KEPERRA IN BRISBANE, EGYPT'S NEB-ER-TCHER UTTERED THE WORD "KHEPERA" TO CALL THINGS INTO BEING, AS IN OUR MYTH OF THE FIRST MAN WHO BROUGHT THINGS INTO EXISTENCE BY CALLING OUT THEIR NAMES. A MERE 247 YEARS HASN'T CHANGED OUR DNA. FOR 60,000 YEARS WE OBEYED THE LAWS OF OUR CREATORS WHO FORBADE CREATION OF IMAGES OF THEM & GAVE CLANS SACRED SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM, ENSHRINED IN 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 HU OR EGYPTIAN "AUTHORITATIVE SPEECH" OF THRICE-GREAT THOTH; "LORD OF WORDS, THE GREAT & VENERABLE APE" & HIS 8 CHAOS GODS IN THE PRIMORDIAL ABYSS ("THE GREAT SEA OF WORDS"). THOTH IS A GREEK NAME FORMED BY THE MAGICAL LETTER THETA, SYMBOLIC OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS OF THE OPPOSITE OR EGYPTIAN & ASIATIC HALVES OF THE "NEW BRAIN"; RULER OF OUR NEANDERTHAL LIMBIC SYSTEM; THE SEAT OF HUMAN EMOTIONS. THOTH, LORD OF JUDGING & DIVINE WORD OF PHARAOH WAS "THE BALANCE OF THE TONGUE". HIS PURPOSE WAS TO ENSURE NEITHER SIDE WON. IN REALITY, THOTH-MES & PHAROAH DON'T EXIST & WE ARE NO LONGER HAIRY HOMINIDS. 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, WHICH PROMPTED HER INTELLECTUAL SUPERIORS TO TRY TO HELP ME.

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 THOUGHT. I FACE THE SAME CHALLENGES, BUT DOT PAINTING FORCES ME TO RELY ON NECESSITY AS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION & ACCEPTANCE OF MY NATURAL "LITTLE SELF".




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