November 14 - December 21, 2012

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery

Farraday Newsome Image


My idea for this show “Emotional Terrain” was to create a landscape exploring the duality of our emotional experience and understanding of life. I am interested in Carl Jung’s assertion that “Man’s life consists of a complex of inexorable opposites - day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and evil.” (Carl G. Jung, Man and His Symbols, p.75.)

The hanging cloud tile forms are non-containing, untethered places: they are air. The boxes are grounded, contained space: they are structure. The black and white backgrounds are opposites as well: light and dark. These dual backgrounds support imagery relating to life and death. The fruit, songbirds, seeds, and eggs co-exist with an egg-eating snake, empty seashells, and shark teeth.

Interwoven with these opposites are ideas of time (watch imagery, ephemeral butterflies), chance (dice, playing cards), and danger (poisonous datura seed pods, thorny brambles). My imagery is a drift of emotional symbols. I find it curious that when I am asked to explain the imagery I often feel like I am doing so after the fact (of it’s making), which makes me almost feel like an outsider. I strive to accept that the source of much imagery is the unconscious (nonverbal, evolutionarily very old), and is offered to the conscious (verbal, evolutionarily new) to examine and explain.

-Farraday Newsome


Farraday Newsome grew up in the redwood forest of coastal California. She is the daughter of George Newsome, a painter, potter and dinnerware designer who earned his ceramics degree at New York State University, studying with the late Daniel Rhodes.

Farraday received her BA in Biology (University of California at Santa Cruz, 1976) and her MA in Art with a Ceramics Emphasis (San Francisco State University, 1987). She currently lives in the Sonoran desert of Arizona with ceramic artist and husband Jeff Reich. Together they run Indigo Street Pottery in Mesa, Arizona. Both also teach pottery at the Mesa Arts Center.

Farraday’s subject matter is drawn primarily from nature and the emotional allusions and metaphors found in nature. Her color work celebrates the light and exuberance of day, while her black-and-white work delves into the shadowy, more emotionally complex realm of night and darkness.

Farraday is a widely exhibited artist whose work can also be seen in such galleries as Obisidian Gallery (Tucson, Arizona), Plinth Gallery (Denver, Colorado) and Katie Gingrass Gallery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Her work is included in many collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Wustum Museum of Art in Racine, Wisconsin, the Prague Museum of Decorative Arts in the Czech Republic, the Ohio Crafts Museum, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines over the years.