1979 TV Proposal: Day in the Life

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Faridi imagined many works for television.  This proposal was written around the time she worked for Herman Rush, CEO of Columbia Pictures Television.  Though her idea was never brought to life, over thirty years later a somewhat similar, though less wildly imagined, TV show was created by Morgan Spurlock for HULU.  The title of that show:  A Day in the Life.

Pablo Picasso

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“Once art is properly understood, we should be able to paint a picture to cure a headache.” -Pablo Picasso

Faridi took this quote quite literally and used it often in her writing. She firmly believed in the healing power of her art. Faridi’s images, many created by channeling energies from people both alive and dead, are framed with specific color combinations. For her, color was as important an element as the image and affirmation. In Faridi’s art you see a woman attempting to cure the mind, body and spirit simply by painting a picture.

Francoise Gilot

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In 1990, Faridi spoke with Francoise Gilot and recorded the experience in a journal.  For nearly ten years, Gilot had been the lover and muse of Pablo Picasso.  Perhaps Faridi felt a kinship, as she would be linked to Dylan for the rest of her life, though to a lesser extent than Gilot to Picasso. On a subsequent page, Faridi seems to have had a dispute with Gilot over whether or not Picasso was a believer in metaphysics.

Stoned art


Faridi added polished stones to each of these five pieces; the first of which is a portrait of Bob Dylan. This piece measures 40″ x 22″ and the individual cards are mounted at various distances from the blue background.

Adding written text to nearly all of her work perhaps puts Faridi squarely in the Outsider Art category. While living in Santa Monica in the early 1970s, Faridi was at the forefront of the blossoming New Age movement. It was there she began developing her “Healing Art” philosophy.

Notebook doodles

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An early sketchbook from 1974 contains over fifty images drawn with colored pencils.  Several reference Bob Dylan.  In the 1960s, Faridi lived in Bearsville – a little over one mile from Dylan’s home in Byrdcliffe.  Both are small suburbs of Woodstock, New York.

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