"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.
"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
"I suppose 'fear of death' has kind of turned into somewhat of an obsession, and recently it's coming out a lot more and my research is definitely getting deeper, exploring other cultures' ways of dealing with death and life, for example, reincarnation."