Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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IN 1949 A WHITE MAN RAPED MY 14 YR OLD MOTHER. SHE WAS EXILED FAR AWAY & I TO BOMADERRY MISSION. I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY SELF DISCIPLINE & LOVE OF GOODNESS. DISRESPECT, DISOBEDIENCE, SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES & LIES DIDN'T EXIST. At 6, MY IDENTITY WAS ERASED. A NEW home, NAME & RELIGION SPLIT MY BRAINS BY ENFORCED USE OF MY RIGHT HAND. THE OPINION THAT A HALF-CAST (SUB-HUMAN) WAS ONLY FIT FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE WAS POLICY & STRIPPED ME OF MY HUMANITY. MY "parents" SERVED THIS POLICY & UPROOTED MY EARLIER TRAINING.

I REMAINED COMPLETELY CONSCIOUS IN MY SO-CALLED "SUBCONSCIOUS" MIND, MUTE WITH TERROR, AS THE MEDDLING GOVERNMENT & RELIGION, "PLAYED GOD" & CREATED A CHANGELING CHILD TO TAKE MY PLACE. IN REALITY, THEY WERE DR. FRANKENSTEIN, "CUTTING OFF" MY HEAD WITH WORDS & MANUFACTURING A MONSTROUS "HEAD" FULL OF LIES IN MY ABORIGINAL LEFT BRAIN; NONE OF WHICH WAS ME.

AT 8 YRS, I HELPED CLEAN THE COMMONWEALTH BANK. WHEN MY JOBS WERE DONE, BOREDOM DROVE ME TO LEARN TO READ TIME MAGAZINE & OTHER LITERATURE IN THE STAFF ROOM. AT 9, I WAS READING & ENJOYING THE SATURDAY EVENING POST & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, WHICH MADE ME FORGET MY PROBLEMS (Mum & Dad). MR CULLEM (THE MANAGER), WAS LIKE A GRANDFATHER TO ME.

AT 10, THE NUNS AT ST. MICHAEL'S PERSUADED "mum" TO LET ME GO TO SATURDAY ART CLASSES. MR THURGATE WAS LOVELY & A WONDERFUL TEACHER. AT16, MY SHORTHAND-TYPING TEACHER, MR SPINNER, KINDLY SAID: "STILL WATERS RUN DEEP - YOUR MOTHER IS A VERY STRANGE WOMAN".

In 1987 THE COLLATORAL DAMAGE OF BEING ILL-EQUIPPED TO COPE IN A SOCIETY DOMINATED BY AN OLD ENGLISH GŌD ("GOAD") & 18TH C. IDEAS CAUSED A MID-LIFE CRISIS. IN 1992, I TURNED TO DOT PAINTING TO RECONNECT TO NATURE & MYSELF.

KNOWING "LIFE FINDS A WAY", I BEGAN RECONSTRUCTING MY SHATTERED MIND (WITH THE PATIENCE OF JOB). IN 2005, I DECIDED TO REJECT GŌD & SOCIAL OPINIONS & RETURN TO WHAT I LEARNT AS A TODDLER FROM MY MOTHER FIGURE AT BOMADERRY, SISTER KENNEDY. HER PERFECT EXAMPLE TAUGHT ME TO SEE & DO, WORK & DO WITHOUT LIKE AN ADULT FROM INFANCY. THIS DECISION TURNED MY WORLD AROUND. 

IN 2014, I MADE MYSELF "GO BACK TO SCHOOL" AT HOME. I ACCESSED FREE E-BOOKS FROM AMERICAN LIBRARIES & INTERNET ARCHIVES & COMPARED THE ORIGINS OF CULTURE (A PETRI DISH) & RELIGION WITH OURS. I UNEARTHED SIMILAR BELIEFS & IDENTICAL WORDS OF Sumer (CHALDEA) Akkad (ASSYRIA) & Ur (BABYLON). LIKE AN 8 YEAR OLD CHILD, I COPIED & PRINTED THEIR WORDS IN 120 PAGE EXERCISE BOOKS. I READ THEM EVERY DAY & MADE THEM “SINK IN” TO MY SOUL IN HELL ("THE ABYSS") & RE-WIRED THE 2 HALVES OF MY BRAINS.

247 YEARS CAN'T ERASE WHAT IS IN OUR DNA. UNLIKE OTHER CULTURES, WE NEVER MENTION THE DEAD OR WORSHIP DEAD MEN FOR FEAR OF HARM THEY CAN CAUSE THE LIVING; A LESSON I LEARNT AT GREAT PERSONAL COST. EGYPTIANS BELIEVED TO SPEAK A MAN'S NAME IS TO MAKE HIM LIVE AGAIN.

FOR 40,000+ YEARS, THE LAWS OF OUR PRIMEVAL CREATORS WERE PRESERVED ORALLY IN THE DREAMING - THE BASIS OF OUR SOCIETY, IE: LAND MANAGEMENT; TERRITORIAL RIGHTS, SOCIAL CONTROL, DIVISION OF LABOUR, HUNTING & GATHERING & LAWS TO AVOID INBREEDING. THEY FORBADE US TO CREATE IMAGES OF THEM IN ANY FORM & GAVE US SACRED SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN ART (OUR RELIGION).

EGYPTOLOGIST, SIR E.A. WALLIS-BUDGE, WROTE THAT HERB-DOCTORS & PHYSICIANS OF SUMER, BABYLON, ASSYRIA & EGYPT PROCLAIMED THAT THEIR CRAFT WAS FOUNDED BY THE GODS, WHO TAUGHT MEN THE CURATIVE PROPERTIES of WATER, HERBS, PLANTS & OILS. CHEMISTRY & ALCHEMY ORIGINALLY MEANT "THE ART OF EGYPT" (BLACK EARTH).

LEARNING TO BE FLEXIBLE & LIVE WITH MY PECULIAR PROBLEMS IN A WORLD WHERE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS, FORCED ME TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. TEACHING ART TO ABORIGINAL & WHITE INMATES AT VARIOUS CORRECTIONAL CENTRES MADE ME SEE THAT ART REFLECTS LIFE. I FACED THE SAME CHALLENGES AS ALL THE OTHER CHALLENGES I WAS FORCED TO FACE Alone & Afraid.

1,000 WORDS "PAINT" A PICTURE OF HELL-ON-EARTH OVER 63 YEARS AS "A PRODUCT" OF THIS ALIEN ENVIRONMENT.




ABORIGINAL MYTHS REFLECT GENESIS




ABORIGINAL LEGENDS & TRUTHS IN MYTH




THE BIBLE & THE POWER OF LOVE




THE PEACE OF GOD'S OWN COUNTRY




VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"




BUSH MEDICINE & OTHER STORIES




THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE




THE FRUIT OF PRIDE & PREJUDICE