As an artist, I talk with my peers a lot about the intention of the art we create. We also talk often about interpretation of art. I create, because it is an extension of who I am, a part of me, and something I cannot stop. It is also, something I put out there for others, apart from me.
It's important for artists to understand that others relate to art in a way that speaks to them individually. Once an artist has put the work out for consumption, it begins a new life of its own. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as the saying goes. And beauty can be interpreted many ways.
I was reminded of this today when Joss Whedon gave in impromtu interview. He said, as usual, many great things, but the one thing which stood out for me was this:
All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.
Quote from Joss Whedon, April 10, 2012