As a former lab aide, studio assistant, and camera rentals associate, I’ve spent plenty of time talking to artists with all sorts of backgrounds.
But regardless of where they’re at in their career or what kind of art education they’ve received, many artists have been mislead to believe that visual art requires no explanation or context. That, in fact, their art can speak for itself.
Seriously, when I hear someone say something like, “I’d rather let my audience find their own meaning in this piece,” it’s like nails on a chalkboard.
It. Drives. Me. Crazy.