Sally Harrison's Dot Paintingswww.ArtPal.com/saharrison
The Forces that shape our lives.
In 1949 a white man raped my crippled 14 yr old mother. 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. At 6 yrs of age, my world was turned upside down when my Adoptive White Parents uprooted all the good cultivated in me & The Government decreed no contact with Aborigines.
I can't express the horrors of The Word Made Flesh; a new home, name & New Religion that Enforced the use my right hand that Switched/Split My Brains. This chained me to the opinion of Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, that half-castes were little better than animals (their parents) & only fit for domestic service. So Science classified me & mine as "belonging to Pan Troglodyte" & The Government Bowed Down like a Fawning Lackey to its Idol; a Benighted Dead Man. Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer's Opinion stripped me of my humanity.
To Ensure My Brain didn't Develop, My Parents Denied Friendships outside of school hours, Made Life Hell behind closed doors & Used Me to help clean a bank after school till 9 pm. They Attempted to Break my Spirit & My Heart & Impaired my Ability to Function, but Failed to break my Spirit. Thankfully, when I was 10 the nuns persuaded them to let me attend Saturday morning art classes.
In 1987, after a lifetime of Servility & inability to articulate my problems, my White Identity disintegrated. In 1992 I taught myself to dot paint to Reconnect with my Aboriginal Spirit & undertook the laborious task of piecing together my shattered mind to Understand Myself. In 2005, I rejected Parental/Social Ideas & returned to my Mother Figure at Bomaderry, Sister Kennedy. Her Great Example Taught Me To Work & "Do Without" Like An Adult From My Infancy & Prepared Me for Adulthood.
My Early Childhood Training was The Key to Restoring My 2 Selves to their Original State of One Being called A Brain (Biological Computer) & Make it Subordinate to me. In 2014 I made myself "Go Back To School" Online at Home & LEARN The Etymology of English words & Origin of Cultural/Religious Beliefs. Then I compared them with Aboriginal Beliefs & Languages. I found similarities in Beliefs & many Aboriginal words identical to or phonetically the same as those of Sumer, Akkad & Babylon.
Aborigines call their Ancestors Sky Heroes & Creator Beings. These Primeval Sky Heroes made them Responsible to maintain Our Ancient Land & imparted Star Lore; Kinship Laws to avoid inbreeding; Laws for The Preservation of existing ecosystems & plant/animal species for present & future generations. They introduced Fire-Stick farming; a slow burn that removed old growth allowing new plant growth for their benefit. They Forbade Idolatry & the creation of Images of them in Human/Animal Form & gave Symbols/Designs to Represent Them in Sacred Art.
Society's Expectation that we Fit their "perfect" Model for our lives is A Bridge Too Far for Me & Mine. Knowledge won from study in comfort at home & at Fine Universities with The Best Society has to offer does not equal Understanding. When One has spent A Lifetime plumbing The Depths of One's Soul to Endure & Overcome Adversity when all hope is gone, Then One Truly Understands One's Needs & How To Meet them Alone & Unaided.
Dot Painting Disconnects me from Social Conditioning. The Arts of Mental Discipline, Keen Observation & Eye/Hand Co-ordination are My Tools of self education, self-expression & non-verbal communication. In the last 12 years, I've Learnt More than any Health Organization/Professional has offered on How to Focus & Put Life & Reality In Perspective, How To Be Flexible; How to Problem Solve & How To Expend My Energy Productively on What Gives Pleasure instead of Pain to Others.
Love of Art & Painting has Given Me The Best of Both Worlds as My Teachers, My Friends & My Spiritual Guides.
THE BOMADERRY MISSION HOME
Indigenous Themes and Stories
VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"
Wildflowers in God's Own Country
Birds and Animals
THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE