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 & The Department of Aboriginal Affairs decreed that I would have absolutely no contact with my Aboriginal family or any Aboriginals. Thus ended The First Chapter in my "Book of Life".
Words can't express the horrors of The Word Made Flesh; a new home & name (ie: shadow self & reflection) & a new religion enforcing the use my right hand which switched & split my brains. Thus Society chained me to the opinion of Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, that half-castes weren't much better than animals. His Opinion caused Science to classify me & mine as "belonging to Pan Troglodyte".
The Word Opinion means: "a view or judgement formed that is not necessarily based on fact or knowledge". Baldwin Spencer's opinion condemned me to be stripped of my humanity & forced to remain a child, dominated by parents who interpreted his opinion literally, & ensured my neocortex wouldn't develop by denying friendships outside of school hours, reducing my life 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 later adulthood, my white identity & mind (a shadow "self" reflecting Society) collapsed under the weight of public opinion & disintegrated, I decided to return to 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, saving me from The Fate of others.
In 1992 I taught myself to dot paint to re-connect with my Aboriginal self & come to terms with My Life in white society. I also undertook the laborious task of putting my shattered mind back together again so I could Understand Myself.
Sister Kennedy's superb training enables me to Assume Control Over My 2 selves & continue the Process of Fusing them into One entity called A BRAIN - making IT subservient to me, its Adult SUPERVISOR.
In 2014, I decided to Re-educated myself on the Etymology of English words & The Origins of Cultural Beliefs & Ancient Languages of The Near East. Then I compared them with the dialects & languages of Australian Aborigines. I discovered that many Aboriginal words are identical or phonetically the same as those of ancient Sumer, Akkad, Babylon & India.
Australian Aborigines called their Astral Ancestors Sky Heroes & Creator Beings. They gave them their tribal laws, Kinship Laws to avoid inbreeding, Responsibility to maintain Sacred Sites, their Sacred Designs connected to their "Dreamings", their Laws for the preservation of plant/animal species for present & future generations, as well as preservation of existing eco-systems. They also instructed them in "Fire-Stick" farming - a slow burn designed to remove old growth, which encourages new life & plant growth for their benefit, as well as bird & animal life.
Thus, after being "lost in The Wilderness for 40 years", I finally found myself again, with a new purpose in life. I became so interested in my Aboriginal heritage, that it became of Greater Importance Than The Past. The more I learnt, the less interested I became in my adoption, my parents' Opinion of my abilities & what my childhood represented .... And so the process of "Creation" continues to widen the gap between Now & my past as A Slave to governmental, parental & public opinion.
Dot painting Reconnects me to "The Dreaming" or The Eternal Now, where "Hu", an Egyptian Word for Authoritative Speech & Time DO NOT EXIST.
Indigenous Themes and Stories
Birds and Animals
THE BOMADERRY MISSION HOME