Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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 & Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs decreed absolutely no contact with Family or any Aboriginals.

I 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. Then Society chained me to the opinion of Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, that half-castes weren't much better than animals (their parents) & only fit for domestic service. Thus Science classified me & mine as "belonging to Pan Troglodyte" & in this Modern & Enlightened Age, the Government continued to act like a Fawning Lackey, Bowing Down to the god-like Image of a Benighted Dead Man.

Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer's Opinion stripped me of my humanity & I was forced to remain a child, dominated by parents who interpreted this Policy literally. They 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 1987, after a lifetime of Servility & inability to articulate my problems, my white identity (a shadow "self" reflecting Society) disintegrated under THE BURDEN of public opinion. I decided to reject parental/social ideas & return to those of 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 millions.

In 1992 I taught myself to dot paint to Re-Connect with my Aboriginal Spirit & undertook the laborious task of piecing together my Shattered Mind so I could Understand Myself. Now, Sister Kennedy's Superior Training is enabling 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 began to Re-educate myself on the Etymology of English words & The Origins of Cultural Beliefs & Languages of The Near East; then compared them with Australian Aboriginal Beliefs & Languages. I discovered similarities in Beliefs & numerous Aboriginal words identical to or phonetically the same as those of ancient Sumer, Akkad & Babylonia.

Aborigines call their Ancestors Sky Heroes & Creator Beings. These Ancient ASTRAL Beings made them RESPONSIBLE to Care For This Sacred Timeless Land & imparted Star Lore; Kinship Laws to avoid inbreeding; Laws for The Preservation of plant/animal species for present & future generations (thus preserving existing ecosystems) & introduced "Fire-Stick" farming; a controlled, slow burn designed to remove old growth, encouraging new plant growth for their benefit as well as bird/animal life. Lastly, They FORBADE Idolatry & Creation of Images of them in Human or Animal Form. Instead, they gave them Sacred Symbols & Tribal Designs to express these RELIGIOUS Beliefs.

Now My Desert is turning green. The More I Learned about my Aboriginal Heritage, the more it Over-Shadowed My Past. As I continued to grow, the less interested I became in my ignoble parents' Opinion of my abilities & what my childhood represented to me. 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 (THE ETERNAL NOW) where "Hu", an Egyptian Word for Authoritative Speech, is Denied Access.

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