"Fantasy by definition is an escape, and it was a way for me to avoid difficult situations and emotions in my adolescence; however, I don’t think of reading as escapism. I think the activities of daily life are more commonly an escape from difficult or strong emotions. It’s in literature and art that one can usually come into more direct contact with those things. That’s why art is so fascinating. Even fantasy books, ironically."
Many artists enter the dream world, but few can so inhabit it as to give us not only its semblance but the meaning of the dream. Wiesenfeld’s genius lies both in the interiority of his figures and in the exteriority of his dreamscapes.
The artist exiled from his home created a theatre of characters in his imagined world, armed, beaten, and alienated, caught in conflict, ritual, love and rest; the afflicted and exhausted; these abandoned self portraits of a bloodied Nerdrum, cast as criminal, then as a weary man whose companions are outcasts, mutilated and war-torn, abandoned to the stern, severely beautiful landscape. We find the dead and the dying here, the victims of the aftermath, a record of the conflict between survivors and their struggle against despair.
"I remember once I was drawing a Halloween picture, and my art teacher came up to me and said, "The sky is not purple, and pumpkins do not fly through the air."
~Nicole Rubel, children's author/illustrator, Oregon, USA
"Many countries' prosperity is fictional and therefore fragile. So someone reasonably wonders if there is a room for art in this sad situation. I am going to answer that today, art's presence is more essential than ever; we need to be transferred to a world of ideas and values, and art is the vehicle.
I write selfishly. I comfort myself with my own words so that I don’t have to wait for someone else to ask me how I am feeling or what I am thinking. I don’t write so that after I am gone, people will remember me. I write so that I can remember me while I’m still here.
"Ever since I was a little girl, I've had a love of birds and winged creatures. I collect nests, and birds always appear in my works. For me they originally were about the freedom I'd experienced when I spent three years traveling around the world, which inspired a hunger for travel. So I compromised and created birds with human faces talking to me."