Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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THE FORCES THAT SHAPE OUR LIVES

IN 1949 MY 14 YR OLD MOTHER WAS RAPED BY A WHITE MAN. I WAS TAKEN & SENT TO BOMADERRY MISSION. THERE I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY SELF DISCIPLINE & RESPECT. DISRESPECT, DISOBEDIENCE, SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES & LIES DIDN'T EXIST.

AT 6 YRS ADOPTION ERASED MY IDENTITY. A NEW NAME & RELIGION SPLIT MY BRAINS BY FORCED USE OF MY RIGHT HAND & DUALITY IRREVOCABLY CHANGED MY LIFE. CLASSIFICATION AS A HALF-CASTE (SUBHUMAN) ONLY FIT FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE, STRIPPED OF MY HUMANITY.

PARENTAL ABUSE & LIES OVERTHREW MY EARLY TRAINING, WHICH OUTRAGED MY SENSE OF MORALITY & HONESTY, CREATING INSURMOUNTABLE MENTAL PROBLEMS & AN ENTITY THAT TOOK ROOT IN MY INFANTILE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND (LEFT BRAIN). OVER 6 YEARS, IT USURPED MY PLACE, TOOK POSSESSION OF MY BODY & STOLE MY LIFE. ALL MY ATTEMPTS TO FREE MYSELF FROM ITS GRIP WERE FUTILE & THIS ENTITY BECAME MY NEW WHITE PERSONA & MASTER, OPPOSED TO MY ABORIGINAL SOUL, BUT I REMAINED CONSCIOUS AS A MUTE ETERNAL CHILD, IMPRISONED IN MY RIGHT MIND.

AT 7, I BEGAN TO HELP MY PARENTS CLEAN THE COMMONWEALTH BANK. AT 8, WHEN MY JOBS WERE DONE, BOREDOM DROVE ME TO LEARN TO READ TIME MAGAZINE IN THE STAFF ROOM. AT 9, I WAS READING THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & GOOD OTHER LITERATURE. WHEN I WAS 10, THE NUNS AT ST. MICHAEL'S PERSUADED MUM TO LET ME GO TO SATURDAY ART CLASSES.

IN 1987, THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF GRECO-ROMANO DOMINATION CAUSED A MID-LIFE CRISIS. IN 2005, I REJECTED SOCIAL CONDITIONING & RETURNED TO WHAT I LEARNT FROM MY MOTHER-FIGURE AT BOMADERRY.

IN 2014, I MADE MYSELF GO BACK TO SCHOOL & DOWNLOADED FREE E-BOOKS FROM INTERNET ARCHIVES, EG: THOTH, THE HERMES OF EGYPT (P, BOYLAN); THE CELTIC DRUIDS (GODFREY HIGGINS); MYTHS OF BABYLONIA & ASSYRIA (D, A. MACKENZIE); THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DOCTRINE OF THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL (A. WIEDEMANN); THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD (GERALD MASSEY); THE EPIC OF CREATION OR ENUMA ELISH (L.W. KING) & THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO'S 21 VOLUME ASSYRIAN DICTIONARY.

THEY REVEALED ABORIGINAL WORDS & BELIEFS LIKE THOSE OF ANCIENT SUMER (SHINAR) ASSYRIA (AKKAD/IRAQ), UR (BABYLON) & EGYPT.

A MERE 247 YEARS CAN'T CHANGE OUR DNA. FOR MILLENNIA, MANKIND ("A KIND OF MAN") SOAKED EARTH IN THE BLOOD OF OUR ANCESTORS & THEIR ARMIES, DEPORTED THEIR ENSLAVED PEOPLE TO DISTANT PLACES & CONFISCATED THEIR LANDS FOR THE USE OF THEIR OWN KIND, WHICH THEY RE-NAMED TO WIPE OUT ALL MEMORY OF THE POWER EMBEDDED IN ANCIENT NAMES.

FOR 40,000+ YEARS UNTIL COLONIZATION, ABORIGINES DIDN'T WORSHIP THE DEAD, NOR SPEAK THEIR NAMES FOR FEAR OF THE HARM THEY CAN CAUSE TO THE LIVING & KNEW NOTHING OF THE MIGHT OF GREECE, ROME & THE IDEALIZED WARFARE OF CHRISTIANITY.

I ONLY KNOW EARTH [OUR CATHEDRAL, WHOSE SUFFERING IS GREATER THAN ANY MAN'S] GIVES BREATH TO ALL, REFLECTED IN AN ANCIENT PRAYER: "MAY ALL MANKIND THRIVE LIKE PLANTS & HERBS".

THE LAWS OF OUR CREATOR BEINGS WERE PRESERVED ORALLY IN THE DREAMING, THE BASIS OF OUR SOCIETY, EG: LAND MANAGEMENT; TERRITORIAL RIGHTS, SOCIAL CONTROL, DIVISION OF LABOUR, HUNTING & GATHERING & KINSHIP LAWS (TOTEMIC BLOODLINES) TO AVOID INBREEDING. THESE PRIMAL ELOHIM FORBADE US TO CREATE IMAGES OF THEM IN HUMAN OR TOTEMIC FORM. INSTEAD, THEY GAVE US SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN SACRED ART (OUR RELIGION) & BADE US TO MAINTAIN & PRESERVE OUR SACRED LAND.

LIFE FORCED ME TO SEE I CAN'T CHANGE THE PAST & NECESSITY BECAME THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. TEACHING ART AT 5 CORRECTIONAL CENTRES MADE ME SEE ART REFLECTS LIFE & PRESENTS THE SAME CHALLENGES AS EVERY OTHER CHALLENGE I FACED IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD & MY ANCESTRAL WORLD.

DOT PAINTING IS OUR FORM OF COMMUNION WITH THE INFINITE. IT ENFORCED MENTAL DISCIPLINE, MAKING ME FOCUS ON CREATING BEAUTY INSTEAD OF MISERY. AFTER 50 YEARS IN A STATE OF NON-EXISTENCE, ABORIGINAL ART OPENED THE DOOR TO MY ANCIENT INDWELLING SPIRIT (MANA) WHICH LIFTED ME WHEN I WAS TOO WEAK TO CARRY MYSELF, GUIDED ME, INSPIRED ME & RESTORED SELF-RESPECT & PEACE OF MIND




MY LIFE "WALKING BETWEEN TWO WORLDS"



BUSH MEDICINE & OTHER STORIES



THE BIBLE & POWER OF HONESTY



VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"



A LITANY OF WOE



THE PEACE OF GOD'S OWN COUNTRY



THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE