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 SENT HER NORTH & ME TO BOMADERRY U.A.M, SOUTH OF SYDNEY, WHERE SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES DIDN'T EXIST & I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY, SELF-DISCIPLINE, RESPECT & COURTESY.

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 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. WHEN I WAS 10, MOTHER-SUPERIOR FROM 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 & WAS MY 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 DOWN PAST LIVES & FRACTURED STATES OF ME, MYSELF & I, RECONNECTING ME TO NATURE & REALITY. DOT PAINTING HAS BEEN A LONG APPRENTICESHIP LEARNING TO ACCEPT MYSELF.

MY PARENTS WERE LIMITED TO "HU", IE: SANSKRIT "SACRIFICE" & EGYPTIAN "AUTHORITATIVE SPEECH" = HU-MAN JUDGEMENT OF THRICE-GREAT HERMES ΘΏΘ THṒTH, GOD OF THE MOON & ALL KNOWLEDGE, MERGED WITH HERMES, FATHER OF PAN, FROM WHICH WE GET THE WORD PANIC. THOTH'S EPITHETS INCLUDE: "LORD OF SCRIPT; LORD OF JUDGING; THE GREAT & VENERABLE APE". KNOWN AS A "PSYCHO POMP" (SPIRITUAL GUIDE). HIS PRIMEVAL NAME WAS BABA, THE GREAT WHITE ONE - A GIANT ANTHROPOID APE. THOTH'S LOWER HUMAN FORM WAS A BIPEDAL PRIMATE, OF THE SPECIES HOMOSAPIEN IN THE FAMILY HOMINIDAE (GREAT APES), REVERED AS ANCESTORS BY PHARAOHS LIKE THOTH-MES (ANOINTED ONE). MY LIFE HAS BEEN A LONG BATTLE CLINGING TO VALUES I HELD DEAR AGAINST THIS DEIFIED APE & HORNED GOD, PAN NICK.

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" (PLURAL TITLE OF SUMERIAN PRIEST-KINGS), BUT HOMOSAPIEN IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS NOT EXTINCT.

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. THE EGYPTIAN PRIESTHOOD & NOBLES BELIEVED "TO SPEAK A MAN'S NAME IS TO MAKE HIM LIVE AGAIN".

FOR 40,000+ YEARS WE KEPT THE LAWS OF OUR ANCIENT SKY HEROES. THEY FORBADE US TO CREATE IMAGES OF THEM & GAVE US SACRED SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN ART (OUR RELIGION); PRESERVED ORALLY IN THE DREAMING & 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 THE SAME CHALLENGES SPIRITUALLY. DOT PAINTING FORCES ME TO ACCEPT NECESSITY AS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, BYPASSING NEGATIVE CONDITIONING. THROUGHOUT MY LIFE SOMEONE HAS ALWAYS GIVEN ME WHAT I NEEDED WHEN I NEEDED IT MOST. I TRAVELLED AROUND AUSTRALIA LIKE A WANDERING JEW TRYING TO FIND MYSELF, BUT ART, LITERATURE & KINDHEARTED PEOPLE OF ALL CREEDS & WALKS OF LIFE TAUGHT ME TO ACCEPT MYSELF.




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