Sally Harrison's Dot Paintingswww.ArtPal.com/saharrison
The Forces that shape our lives.
In 1949 a white man raped my 14 yr old mother. As neglected children she was exiled to the Qld Border & I to Bomaderry Mission to become a Domestic Servant. The Missionaries imbued me with a strict code of honesty, self-discipline & love of goodness. There was no disrespect, disobedience, lies or shirking of responsibilities. When I was 6 yrs old, my world was turned upside down. I was adopted by a white couple who uprooted all the good cultivated in me & Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs decreed absolutely no contact with Aborigines.
I can't express the horrors of The Word Made Flesh; a new home, name & A New Religion that Enforced the use my right hand, which switched & split my brains. I was chained to the opinion of Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, that half-castes weren't much better than animals (their parents) & only fit for domestic service. So Science classified me & mine as "belonging to Pan Troglodyte". In this Modern Age, the Government continued to act like a Fawning Lackey Paying Homage to its Idol & god-like IMAGE of a Benighted Dead Man.
Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer's Opinion stripped me of my humanity. I was made an idiot child at the hands of parents who Interpreted His Opinion Literally. They ensured my neocortex wouldn't develop by denying friendships outside of school hours, LIMITING ME to hell behind closed doors & cleaning a bank after school till 9 pm. Thankfully, when I was 10, the nuns persuaded them to alIow me to attend Saturday morning art classes.
In 1987, after a lifetime of Servility & inability to articulate my problems, my white identity (A Reflection of Society) disintegrated under The Burden of public opinion. I decided to reject parental/social ideas & return to those of My Mother Figure at Bomaderry, Sister Mavis Kennedy, whose Foresight prepared me for adulthood. Her Loving Example taught me to Work & "Do Without" Like An Adult from my infancy & Saved Me.
In 1992 I taught myself to dot paint to Re-Connect with my Aboriginal Spirit & undertook the laborious task of piecing together my shattered mind so I could Understand myself. Now, the Superb Example of Sister Kennedy is My Guide to assume control over my 2 selves, Weld them into One entity called A BRAIN & make it SUBORDINATE to me, its Adult Supervisor.
In 2014, I began to Re-educate myself on the meaning of English words & the Origins of Cultural Beliefs & Languages of The Near East. I compared them with Australian Aboriginal Beliefs & Languages, finding similarities in Beliefs & many Aboriginal words identical to or phonetically the same as those of ancient Sumer, Akkad & Babylon.
Aborigines call their Ancestors Sky Heroes & Creator Beings. These Ancient Astral Beings made them Responsible to Care For This Sacred Land & imparted Star Lore; Kinship Laws to avoid inbreeding; Laws for The Preservation of plant/animal species for present & future generations (thus preserving existing ecosystems) & introduced "Fire-Stick" farming; a slow burn that removed old growth, allowing new plant growth for their benefit as well as bird/animal life. They Forbade Idolatry & the creation of Images of them in Human or Animal Form. Instead, they gave each tribe different SYMBOLS & designs to represent them in SACRED ART, which expresses these Primeval Religious Beliefs. Conversely, ancient Sumer worshipped Enlil ("ilanu" or little god), Lord Wind ("god's" voice) & Lord of The Storm (War), who unleashed The Winds of War on Mankind. Sumer, Akkad, Babylon & their cities vanished like The Wind when its Energy & Life Force Dissipates after Summoning Raging Storms that destroy Life & Resources.
The More I Learn, the more The Past dissipates into nothingness like The Wind. Thus Creation continues to Widen The Chasm between NOW & My Past as a Slave in the Antipodes ruled by the antiquated Attitudes of The Victorian Era.
Dot painting Reconnects me to My Astral Ancestors in THE VAST SILENCE OF THE ETERNAL NOW.
Indigenous Themes and Stories
Birds and Animals
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