Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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IN 1949 A MAN WHITE MAN RAPED MY 14 YR OLD MOTHER. I WENT TO BOMADERRY, WHERE SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES DIDN'T EXIST & I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY, SELF-DISCIPLINE, RESPECT AND COURTESY.

AT 6 YRS MY IDENTITY WAS ERASED & A NEW NAME & RELIGION SPLIT MY SOUL BY ENFORCED USE OF MY RIGHT HAND. SIR WALTER BALDWIN SPENCER'S OPINION STRIPPED ME OF MY HUMANITY & MADE A MONKEY OUT OF ME; ONLY FIT FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE. THIS GAVE MY PARENTI THE FREEDOM TO MAKE ME FIT HIS OPINION. THEIR ABUSE & LIES OVERTHREW MY MORALITY, OUTRAGED MY HONESTY, TURNED MY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN & LIMITED ME TO MY CEREBELLUM. AT 7, I HELPED CLEAN THE C'WEALTH BANK. AT 8, WHEN WORK WAS DONE, BOREDOM DROVE ME TO LEARN TO READ TIME MAGAZINE IN THE STAFF ROOM. AT 9, I COULD READ ALL THE STAFF MAGAZINES. AT 10, MOTHER MICHAEL FROM ST. MICHAELS' SCHOOL CONVINCED THEM SEND ME TO ART CLASSES, WHICH CHANGED MY INNER WORLD FOR THE BETTER. ART BECAME MY SPIRITUAL MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM PRESSURES EXERTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AT HOME & THAT EXERTED IN THE COMMUNITY, IGNORANT OF MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

THIS GALLERY TRACES MY "APPRENTICESHIP" AS AN ARTIST OF TWO CULTURES, LEARNING TO FUSE THE TWO "CULTURALLY DIVIDED HALVES" OF MYSELF.

ADELE NOZEDAR'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SECRET SIGNS AND SYMBOLS ACCURATELY DEFINES MY SPIRITUAL STATE WHEN DOT PAINTING: "THE CONCEPT OF SPACE, THE VOID, IS A PROFOUND PART OF OUR EXPERIENCE. TO REACH A STATE OF 'EMPTINESS' IS, FOR MANY, THE ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE AND A WAY OF CONNECTING TO THE ABSOLUTE ...THE DOT IS BOTH AN ORIGINATION AND A CONCLUSION, ENCOMPASSING ALL THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE UNIVERSE WITHIN IT, A SEED FULL OF POTENTIAL AND A SYMBOL OF THE SUPREME BEING"; (SYMBOLIC OF THE CELL IN ALL LIFE FORMS THAT SPLITS, DIVIDES & CONTINUES TO DIVIDE INTO MORE CELLS TO CREATE MYRIADS OF LIFE-FORMS ON EARTH & IN THE SEA (NU).

THIS ANCIENT ART FORM ENFORCES MENTAL DISCIPLINE; RESTORES SELF-CONFIDENCE, SELF-ESTEEM; DEVELOPS MENTAL & EMOTIONAL STABILITY & MAKES ME FOCUS ON A HIGHER PURPOSE IN LIFE. MY DOT PAINTINGS ARE WORDLESS "HYMNS" GLORIFYING CREATION THAT SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING CONNECTED WITH "PAST LIVES" OR FRACTURED STATES OF BEING AS "ME, MYSELF & I". IT RESTORES MENTAL BALANCE, ENABLING ME TO RETURN TO MY ORIGINAL STATE OF BEING 

THE DOT HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN. THE JOURNEY STARTS WITH A SINGLE DOT, THE FIRST STEP, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER & ANOTHER UNTIL "JOURNEY'S END", THAT I CAN'T PREDICT & CAN'T VISUALIZE IN MY MIND'S EYE. WHEN I TRY TO CONTROL IT, I SPOIL THE PAINTING. AFTER 27 YEARS, I'M FINALLY GETTING THE HANG OF LETTING MY HAND GO WHERE IT WILL ON THE CANVAS.

SOME PAINTINGS ARE EASIER TO DO THAN OTHERS, PARTICULARLY URBAN SCENES, BUT I INVARIABLY HIT A BRICK WALL WHEN I ALLOW MY JUDGMENTAL MIND REFLECTING PARENTAL ATTITUDES TO INTERFERE WITH MY INBORN INTUITION. IT CAUSES ALL SORTS OF UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS BECAUSE INTELLECTUALLY, I DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO SEE. MY MENTAL FUNCTIONS ARE LIMITED TO THOUGHTS, WORDS, JUDGMENTS & IMAGINATION, THAT CAN ONLY SEE IN BLACK & WHITE - LIKE BLACK WORDS PRINTED ON WHITE PAPER, OR ON VELLUM (KID SKIN). IN THE DIALECT OF RUSTIC COUNTRY FOLK OF 19TH C. ENGLAND, THE WORD "KID" MEANT "TO KNOW".

ON THE OTHER HAND, MY BETTER HALF (AN "ETERNAL" 12 YEAR OLD CHILD) SEES WHAT I CANNOT, CONTROLS VOLUNTARY MOVEMENT & EYE/HAND CO-ORDINATION. IT HAS NO WORDS TO COMMUNICATE WITH ME & CAN ONLY COMMUNICATE THROUGH ITS FEELINGS.

DOT PAINTING BEEN A LONG APPRENTICESHIP; LEARNING TO "LISTEN" TO MY FEELINGS & RESPECT MY TRUE SELF & SOUL/GUIDE. WHENEVER I FORGET MYSELF & ALLOW MYSELF TO BE LED BY MY INTELLECT, I LOSE THE PLOT, FORCING ME TO PUT THE WORK ASIDE FOR AWHILE, UNTIL IT "OCCURS" TO ME WHAT TO DO NEXT (A LESSON IN HUMILITY EVERY TIME).

WHEN PEOPLE TELL ME HOW MUCH THEY LOVE MY WORK, IT'S THE ULTIMATE COMPLIMENT AND SIGN I HAVE SUCCEEDED IN IMBUING MY WORK WITH MY FEELINGS ABOUT A MOMENT IN TIME THAT WILL NEVER COME AGAIN, CREATED BY THE HAND OF MOTHER NATURE, ALSO KNOWN AS ALPHA & OMEGA.




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