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. DISRESPECT, DISOBEDIENCE, SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITIES & LIES DIDN'T EXIST.

WHEN I WAS 6, ADOPTION ERASED MY IDENTITY. A NEW NAME & RELIGION SPLIT MY BRAINS BY ENFORCED USE OF MY RIGHT HAND & DUALITY IRREVOCABLY CHANGED MY PERSONALITY. THE OPINION THAT HALF-CASTS (SUBHUMANS) WERE ONLY FIT FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE STRIPPED ME OF MY HUMANITY. MY PARENTS UPROOTED WHAT I WAS TAUGHT & CREATED INSURMOUNTABLE SOCIAL PROBLEMS. FEAR OF ABUSE "STRUCK ME DUMB".

PARENTAL ABUSE & LIES OUTRAGED MY SENSE OF MORALITY & HONESTY. SOCIAL ENFORCEMENT OF A FALSE IMAGE ENSURED MY "LIFE" WAS JUST A REPETITION OF AN ANCIENT CURSE & LIFELONG DAMNATION FOR SINS NEVER COMMITTED. THEIR CULTURAL PRACTICES & BELIEFS CREATED ANOTHER "HEAD" (NAME) OR "SHADOW SELF" OPPOSED TO MY ABORIGINAL SOUL. THIS FALSE "SELF" DEVELOPED IN MY LEFT BRAIN AS AN ENTITY THAT USURPED MY RIGHTFUL PLACE, TOOK POSSESSION OF ME & STOLE MY LIFE. NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRIED, I COULD'NT RELEASE MYSELF FROM ITS GRIP. THUS I LITERALLY BECAME A "STOLEN CHILD".

AT 7, I BEGAN HELPING 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 & OTHER LITERATURE TO FORGET MY PROBLEMS. AT 10, THE NUNS AT ST. MICHAEL'S PERSUADED MUM TO LET ME GO TO SATURDAY ART CLASSES.

IN 1987, THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE CREATED BY GRECO-ROMANO GENTILES & "RULE BY CONQUEST" CAUSED A MID-LIFE CRISIS. IN 2005, I MADE THE DECISION TO RETURN 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 (PATRICK BOYLAN); THE CELTIC DRUIDS (GODFREY HIGGINS); MYTHS OF BABYLONIA & ASSYRIA (DONALD A. MACKENZIE); THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DOCTRINE OF THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL (ADOLF WIEDEMANN); THE HIEROGLYPHS OF HORAPOLLO (ALEXANDER T. CORY) & 21 VOLUME ASSYRIAN DICTIONARY FROM THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. THEY REVEALED SIMILAR BELIEFS & WORDS OF ABORIGINES & THE PEOPLES OF ANCIENT SUMER (CHALDEA) ASSYRIA (AKKAD), UR (BABYLON) & EGYPT.

A MERE 247 YEARS CAN'T CHANGE OUR DNA. FOR MILLENNIA, WHITE MAN MURDERED INDIGENOUS LEADERS, RAPED & DEFILED THEIR WIVES & DAUGHTERS, DEPORTED & ENSLAVED THEIR PEOPLE, CONFISCATED THEIR LANDS & RE-NAMED THE WHOLE LANDSCAPE TO WIPE OUT 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, AND HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF METALLURGY, IDEALIZED WARFARE, CITIES, CATHEDRALS, BIBLE OR CHRISTENDOM. I ONLY KNOW THAT 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 THEIR HUMAN & TOTEMIC FORMS; INSTEAD, THEY GAVE US SACRED SYMBOLS TO REPRESENT THEM IN ART (OUR RELIGION). ABOVE ALL, THEY BADE US TO PRESERVE OUR SACRED LAND; SOURCE OF LIFE & WEALTH.

REALITY FORCED ME TO BE HONEST & NECESSITY BECAME THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. TEACHING ART TO INMATES AT 5 CORRECTIONAL CENTRES MADE ME SEE ART REFLECTS LIFE. I FACED THE SAME CHALLENGES AS ALL THE OTHER CHALLENGES I FACED ALONE "WALKING IN 2 WORLDS" OF THE LIVING & THE DEAD.

DOT PAINTING IS OUR FORM OF COMMUNION WITH THE INFINITE & ENFORCED MENTAL DISCIPLINE. IT MADE ME FOCUS ON THE CREATION OF BEAUTY IN LIEU OF MISERY. AFTER YEARS OF TURNING TO IMPOTENT HEALTH SERVICES, DOT PAINTING OPENED THE WAY OF THE ANCIENT "NETERU" (POWERS OF NATURE), WHICH RESTORED MY SELF-ESTEEM & MY PEACE OF MIND.




MY LIFE "WALKING BETWEEN TWO WORLDS"




BUSH MEDICINE & OTHER STORIES




THE BIBLE & POWER OF HONESTY




VISIONS THROUGH MY "LOOKING GLASS"




BARAK KUNDA'S LITANY OF WOE




THE PEACE OF GOD'S OWN COUNTRY




THE RHYTHMS OF LIFE