Before you ask an artist “but what does it mean?” there’s a few things you should consider.
- If a work has one determinate meaning, it probably isn’t very interesting. Look at what it explores, considers, examines or questions rather than ‘what it means’. Art is more fascinating when (rather than providing an answer) it poses a question or provokes a conversation.
- The intention is not everything. Once an artist puts work into the world it is folly to consider it to have only the one meaning that the artist prescribed it. Don’t allow that often perpetuated lie to prevent you from gaining your own interpretation.
If you immediately ask an artist “but what does it mean?” you instantly surrender your right to experience the work in your own way. Everyone comes to art work with their own experiences and ideas. Some people are more nuanced in their understanding of art history and theory, and they will interpret work in that way. You may not look at the work from that angle, but it is important to remember that you are still a viewer and your experience and interpretation is valid.
you can pretty much peer pressure any australian male into doing something by saying “don’t be a shit cunt”
ah my ex i guess
i just almost missed my train because i was taking a personality quiz to find out what fruit I am