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 EXILED HER TO THE FAR NORTH & SENT ME TO THE BOMADERRY MISSION SOUTH OF SYDNEY. THERE I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY, SELF-DISCIPLINE, RESPECT & COURTESY. THIS EARLY CHILDHOOD TRAINING NEVER ALLOWED EXCUSES SO SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES DIDN'T EXIST.

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/POLICY 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 IN THAT STAFF ROOM. WHEN I WAS 10, THE MOTHER-SUPERIOR OF 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 & BECAME MY REFUGE & 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 PAST LIVES & FRACTURED STATES OF ME, MYSELF & I & RECONNECTS ME TO NATURE & REALITY. DOT PAINTING HAS BEEN A LONG APPRENTICESHIP LEARNING TO ACCEPT MY ABORIGINAL SELF.

MY PARENTS WERE DRIVEN BY & LIMITED TO THE BELIEFS & JUDGMENT OF "HU", IE: EGYPTIAN "AUTHORITATIVE SPEECH" OF THRICE-GREAT HERMES ΘΏΘ THṒTH, GOD OF KNOWLEDGE, MERGED WITH GREEK HERMES, FATHER OF THE GOAT-GOD, PAN - "LORD OF SCRIPT; LORD OF JUDGING; THE GREAT & VENERABLE APE" - SUCCESSOR OF RA. HIS PRIMEVAL NAME WAS BABA, "THE GREAT WHITE ONE"; A GIANT ANTHROPOID APE.

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", IE: PLURAL TITLE OF ANCIENT SUMERIAN PRIESTS), BUT HOMOSAPIEN IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS NOT EXTINCT. THOTH'S LOWER SUBHUMAN FORM WAS A BIPEDAL PRIMATE BELONGING TO THE MAMMALIAN SPECIES HOMOSAPIEN IN THE FAMILY HOMINIDAE (THE GREAT APES), REVERED BY PHARAOHS AS THEIR ANCESTORS. MY LIFE HAS BEEN A TITANIC STRUGGLE AGAINST THIS GREAT APE & "OLD GOAT" TO HOLD ON TO THE VALUES INSTILLED IN ME.

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. EGYPTIANS BELIEVED "TO SPEAK A MAN'S NAME IS TO MAKE HIM LIVE AGAIN". FOR 40,000+ YEARS WE KEPT THE LAWS OF OUR ANCESTRAL SKY HEROES. THEY FORBADE US TO CREATE IMAGES OF THEM IN ANY FORM & GAVE US SACRED SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN ART (OUR RELIGION) PRESERVED ORALLY IN THE DREAMING, THE 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 EXACTLY THE SAME CHALLENGES SPIRITUALLY. DOT PAINTING FORCES ME TO ACCEPT NECESSITY AS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, COMPLETELY BYPASSING PARENTAL CONDITIONING. ALL MY LIFE I'VE MET KINDHEARTED PEOPLE WHO GAVE ME WHAT I NEEDED WHEN I NEEDED IT. I'VE TRAVELLED ALL OVER AUSTRALIA TRYING TO FIND MYSELF, BUT ART & THE PEOPLE I'VE MET HAVE MADE ME WHAT I AM.




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