Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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In 1949 a white man raped my crippled 14 yr old mother, who was exiled to the far north & I to Bomaderry Mission. 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, but at 6 I was Adopted, My Identity was ERASED & I ceased to exist as a person.

I can't express The Horrors of A New "home", Name & Religion. It Split My Brains (bipolarism) by Forcing Me to Use My Right Hand & Chained Me to Beliefs that I was "a child of the devil" (Prophecy) & Baldwin Spencer's Opinion that half-castes were only fit for domestic service. The Government Made His Opinion Policy, Stripped Me of My Humanity & Classed me as sub-human. 

My "parents" uprooted The Good Work of The Missionaries & Served Religion & Government as "God's" Representatives on Earth. They Faithfully Obeyed Their Decrees & Beliefs by making Their Word "Flesh".

They Made Me Autistic by Denying Love & Friendships & Limiting Me to The Use of My Cerebellum, which Controls Voluntary Movement & fine motor skills. Every Day after 4pm, I helped them clean the Commonwealth Bank. When I was 8, Boredom Drove Me to Learn To Read Time Magazine & Reader's Digest in the Staff Room after doing my jobs. Luckily, when I was 10 The Nuns Persuaded Them to let me attend Saturday morning Art Classes.

In 1987, after A Lifetime of Dumb Servility, my White Persona (Mask) Disintegrated. In 1992, I Taught Myself to dot paint to Reconnect to My Aboriginality & Undertook The Laborious Task of piecing together My Shattered Mind. In 2005, I Rejected parental & social ideas & Returned to those of My Mother Figure at Bomaderry, Sister Kennedy. Her Example Taught Me to Work & Do Without Like An Adult From Infancy which Prepared Me for Adulthood.

The Key to Self-Acceptance has been The Restoration of my brain to One Being, Subordinate to My Early Childhood Training. Between 2014 & Now, I Re-Educated Myself At Home on The Origins of Cultural & Religious Beliefs. I compared them with Aboriginal beliefs & languages & found similar beliefs & many identical words to those of ancient Sumer (primeval Chaldea) Akkad (Assyria) & Ur (Babylonia). 

Our "Creator Beings" Imparted Knowledge Through The Dreaming & Basis of All Aspects of Life In Traditional Aboriginal Societies, eg: Land Management & Territorial Rights, Social Control, Division of Labour, hunting & gathering & Kinship Laws To Avoid Inbreeding. They Forbade Creation of Images of them in Human or Animal form & gave us Sacred Symbols & Designs to Represent Them in Sacred Art (Our Religion). Unlike Other Cultures, we Never Speak of The Dead, for Fear of The Mischief & Harm They Can Cause The Living (A Lesson I Learned at Great Personal Cost).

Our Life's Purpose was to Preserve The Land & Yes, acts of Savagery did occur, but they Pale into Insignificance compared to that Endured by Later Cultures separated from us by 40,000+ years. A Mere 247 years Cannot Erase what Is Encoded in our Psyche & DNA. All our needs were met by the ancient Arts of stone & wood Technology & A Wealth of Knowledge of Bush Food & Medicines.

A LIfetime spent Learning To Be Flexible & Live With Adversity, Taught Me that Necessity is The Mother of Invention.15 years of Self-Education on Aboriginal Beliefs & symbolism in order to deliver TAFE drawing & painting courses at various correctional centres, Taught Me that painting Mirrors Life. I faced exactly the same mental, emotional & physical challenges as I did in real life. Teaching those less fortunate than myself to find Pleasure & Self-Esteem through drawing & painting taught me to Overcome The Worst Aspects of my Social Conditioning: Fear of being Natural, Fear of Failure & Fear of what others Think of me & My Abilities.

My Favourite Artists, especially The French Impressionists, helped Restore Mental Balance. Their Beliefs Gave Me Wings To Fly Above the Limitations of Colonial Imperialism & “Arrested Development”




MY ANCIENT MIND & THE TIMELESS LAND




THE BIBLE & THE POWER OF LOVE




VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"




PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ABUSE




THE PEACE OF GOD'S OWN COUNTRY




BUSH MEDICINE & OTHER STORIES




THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE