Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

Sally Harrison's Dot Paintings

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IN 1949 A WHITE MAN RAPED MY 14 YR OLD MOTHER WHO WAS EXILED FAR AWAY & I TO BOMADERRY MISSION. THERE I WAS IMBUED WITH A STRICT CODE OF HONESTY SELF DISCIPLINE & LOVE OF GOODNESS - A WORLD WHERE DISRESPECT, DISOBEDIENCE, SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES & LIES DIDN'T EXIST.

WHEN I WAS 6, ADOPTION ERASED MY IDENTITY & "DUALITY" IRREVOCABLY CHANGED MY PERSONALITY. A NEW HOME, NAME & RELIGION SPLIT MY BRAINS BY THE ENFORCED USE OF MY RIGHT HAND. THE OPINION & POLICY THAT HALF-CASTS (SUBHUMANS) WERE ONLY FIT FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE STRIPPED ME OF MY HUMANITY.

MY WHITE PARENTS SERVED THIS OPINION & UPROOTED MY EARLIER TRAINING. THEY ABUSED ME FOR 13 YEARS, CREATING INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS WITH MY TEACHERS & THE WIDER COMMUNITY. FEAR OF ABUSE MADE ME INARTICULATE, CAUSING SOCIAL RETARDATION. CULTURAL & RELIGIOUS IDEOLOGY CREATED "DUALITY" OR AN EXTRA "HEAD" (NAME) "REFLECTION" OR "DOUBLE" OPPOSED TO MY ABORIGINAL SOUL, REFLECTING PARENTAL & SOCIAL ATTITUDES IN MY ABORIGINAL LEFT BRAIN.

AT 7, TO EARN MY KEEP, I BEGAN HELPING MY PARENTS CLEAN THE COMMONWEALTH BANK. AT 8 YRS, AFTER MY JOBS WERE DONE, BOREDOM DROVE ME TO LEARN TO READ TIME MAGAZINE & OTHER LITERATURE IN THE STAFF ROOM. AT 9, I WAS READING THE SATURDAY EVENING POST & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, WHICH MADE ME FORGET MY PROBLEMS. THE MANAGER, MR CULLEM, WAS LIKE A GRANDFATHER TO ME. AT 10, THE NUNS AT ST. MICHAEL'S PERSUADED MUM TO LET ME GO TO SATURDAY ART CLASSES.

In 1987, THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF NON-EXISTENCE IN A WORLD RULED BY THE ATTITUDES OF A ROMANO-BRITISH EMPIRE & RULE BY CONQUEST CAUSED A MID-LIFE CRISIS. CHRISTIANS SAY THAT "GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES", IN 2005, I MADE THE DECISION TO RESCUE MY SOUL FROM OBLIVION & RETURN TO WHAT I LEARNT FROM MY MOTHER FIGURE AT BOMADERRY MISSION HOME & TURNED MY LIFE AROUND.

IN 2014, I MADE MYSELF "GO BACK TO SCHOOL" & DOWNLOADED FREE E-BOOKS FROM INTERNET ARCHIVES, INCLUDING "THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DOCTRINE OF THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL" (A WIEDEMANN); "AN ARCHAIC DICTIONARY" (W.R. COOPER) & A FREE 21 VOLUME ASSYRIAN DICTIONARY FROM THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. THEY REVEALED SIMILAR BELIEFS & PHONETICALLY IDENTICAL WORDS BETWEEN ABORIGINAL TRIBES & THE PEOPLES OF ANCIENT SUMER (CHALDEA) AKKAD (ASSYRIA) & UR (BABYLON)

A MERE 247 YEARS HASN'T CHANGED OUR DNA. WHITE SOCIETY TOOK 7,000 YEARS TO EVOLVE TO WHAT IT IS. UNLIKE WHITE PEOPLE, WE DON'T WORSHIP THE DEAD NOR SPEAK THEIR NAMES FOR FEAR OF HARM THEY CAN CAUSE THE LIVING (A LESSON I LEARNT AT GREAT PERSONAL COST).

FOR 40,000+ YEARS UNTIL COLONIZATION, ABORIGINALS HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF METALLURGY, THE ARTS OF WAR, GUNS, ARCHITECTURE, GREAT CATHEDRALS NOR THE BIBLE & CHRISTIANITY. I'VE ALWAYS FELT THAT THE EARTH IS MY CATHEDRAL & THE SKY ITS DOME.

THE LAWS OF OUR PRIMEVAL CREATORS 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 (TOTEMS) TO AVOID INBREEDING. OUR CREATOR BEINGS FORBADE US TO CREATE IMAGES OF THEM IN ANY FORM & GAVE US SACRED SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN ART (OUR RELIGION). ABOVE ALL, THEY BADE US TO MAINTAIN & PRESERVE OUR SACRED LAND - OUR MOTHER & SOURCE OF LIFE.

LEARNING TO BE FLEXIBLE IN A WORLD WHERE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS FORCED ME TO ACCEPT NECESSITY AS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. TEACHING ART TO INMATES AT 5 CORRECTIONAL CENTRES MADE ME SEE THAT ART REFLECTS LIFE. I FACED THE SAME CHALLENGES AS ALL THE OTHER CHALLENGES I FACED ALONE & AFRAID "WALKING IN TWO WORLDS"; THE LAND OF THE LIVING & THE WORLD OF THE DEAD.

DOT PAINTING IS AN ANCIENT FORM OF COMMUNION WITH THE INFINITE. THIS ART FORM ENFORCED MENTAL DISCIPLINE & DEVELOPED THE ABILITY TO FOCUS ON CREATING SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL. AFTER YEARS OF TURNING TO IMPOTENT HEALTH SERVICES & PROUD DOCTORS (ONCE KNOWN AS PRIESTS IN EGYPT, MEDIEVAL EUROPE & ENGLAND), DOT PAINTING OPENED UP NEW NEURAL PATHWAYS THAT ALLOWED ME TO FIND PEACE OF MIND & MY PURPOSE IN LIFE.




MY LIFE "WALKING BETWEEN TWO WORLDS"




BUSH MEDICINE & OTHER STORIES




THE BIBLE & POWER OF HONESTY




VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"




LITANY OF BARAK KUNDA: HELL ON EARTH




THE PEACE OF GOD'S OWN COUNTRY




THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE