I am checking in a little early with my January piece. As I was working on it yesterday I observed a couple of things and wanted to share my thoughts.
Although it is a photo of myself, that isn't the element that I focused on for my piece. Debra and I both said early on that the photo is a launching point. Well, I really mean this in the broadest sense of the term. I hope people will make something that expresses what they are feeling, whatever that is.
The second thing I noticed is that while I like my piece so far I can see that my "explanation" about the piece is going to be one of the key elements of that piece. I read a post the other day indicating that if the viewer doesn't "get" your concept from looking at your artwork, then you haven't done a good enough job of rendering said concept. I absolutely disagree with this statement on lots of levels. To begin with, I dislike being told what to think. I don't disregard the concept that any artist wants to convey but don't tell me how to interpret that. I also think that in telling a person that they have missed the point, you totally negate their thought process. Give them the real point but validate whatever conclusion they came to. With that said, I see my explanation as integral to what I make but draw your own conclusions! I support that.
I do hope this helps people to feel free to make whatever they are making in the way that they want to make it. Isn't that the point of interpreting something?