Sally Harrison's Dot Paintingswww.ArtPal.com/saharrison
In 1949 my crippled 14yr old Mother was raped by a white man. The Authorities declared us Neglected Children Exiling her Far to the NORTH. I was sent SOUTH to the Bomaderry Mission, NSW - The Bedrock of My Life, instilling Honesty, self discipline, self respect, self reliance & Love of Goodness in me. There was No dishonesty, No shirking of responsibilities, No foul language, No lies & No double standards. I could not have had a better start. These were The Virtues that CONTROLLED Me.
I FELL into a Dark World of CHAOS when I was Adopted by White 'Children Of A Lesser God', who tore out all The Good Instilled In Me, Replacing it with Lies & Illusions. They destroyed My Mind & Life with their WORDS & the WORST forms of physical abuse, roasting me in 'Hell's Kitchen'. When I Left home at 19, my mother told me I was the hardest @#@# she'd ever known.
Because I had Natural INSIGHT & AWARENESS, I Refused to Show Fear or cry in the face of her perversity, driving her to Try Harder to Break My Spirit - but she FAILED. Perverse means persistent or OBSTINATE In What Is Wrong - Wicked. This is what Empowered Me to withstand the Inexorable Pressure exerted by my Immoral Role-Models & Care-Givers, who besmirched MY Values & My Good Name. I vowed NEVER to Be Like Them. For 30 years, I struggled to Understand my how Brain Functions after Abruptly being CUT OFF from My Natural INSIGHT & AWARENESS as a LEFT-Handed Aboriginal FORCED to Assume the charade of an id dominated by a Hostile Entity. Words cannot express the Chaos caused by The Enforced use of my right hand, which SPLIT my brains into 4 entities - Me, My Little Self, The Imposter that ran away with my life & my spirit - which left me Mentally Shattered & Blinded. In effect, My Conscious Right-Brained Self was trapped in a 'Time Warp' as a 6 year old child, IMITATING the behaviour of my social superiors, while my Subconscious Left Brain, Locked into the Far Distant Past, was 'Awakened', taken over & POSSESSED by a Hostile Entity that called itself 'me' Opposing & resisting all my efforts to extricate myself from its grip. External Pressure helped it to Banish My Spiritual Being from its Rightful Place - An ancient Biblical Ritual that forced it to wander Alone in an Endless Desert with Nothing to Sustain it. I Vowed that I would One Day Restore Myself To My Rightful Place & do something GOOD with My Natural Intelligence. This gives you some idea of the problems caused by Social Ignorance & Religious Intolerance.
I dis-empower these 'Spears of Thought' by SPLITTING them into their syllabic parts in order to Recognize & Understand What lies beneath. Exorcism of this kind makes me LAUGH OUT LOUD & frees me from my 'Black Dog' & Stone Age Animus, or Hostile Spirit wedded to a Graeco-Roman. Persona is Latin meaning mask - An Actor playing a part in a movie or drama. Disguised in my Mask, I had no cho to act our the 'Tragedy of My Life' scripted by a 'born-again' Greek Playwright called Aeschylus & his Fate in another time & place. This is how I Exorcise my demons,so that I can laugh at Misfortune & absolutely Refuse to allow Misery to Dominate me. This is something I've fought all my life, hamstrung by ignorance & lost many a battle..
I've taken pleasure in the joy of forgetting by teaching Myself to Paint over the past 12 years & making myself 'go back to school' at home in the last 3 years, learning like a child, hand-printing texts from Internet Archives free Ebooks. This Created A 'By-Pass' & New Neural Pathways, Fulfilling The Vow I made when I was 12 to USE The Natural Intelligence I was born with & discard what I despise..
My main reason for writing these things is to suggest alternative ways of thinking through art for people struggling to cope with their problems. The other reason is promote understanding of the root of most of our social problems. If you Understand what your problem is, you can fix it. If not, you are doomed to remain in the same circumstances for Life
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