Born in 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fred Stonehouse’s interest in mysticism and the other worldly started early. In his youth, he was surrounded by Sicilian family members telling stories of psychic visions, ghosts, the evil eye, and saints of the Catholic Church. These stories blended with his own biographical anecdotes, to develop a self styled mythology based in a kind of dream logic. Nonsensical narratives become completely rational in the imagined world of his art, as if when a thing appears in a dream as something else but is still intuitively understood to be the thing replaced. Stonehouse uses this dream logic, similar to the Magical Realism of Latin American literature, to fashion surreal characters steeped in uncertain allegory that are at once touching, cynical, humorous, and filled with despair.