People don't always 'read' an artwork the way the artist intended. Each viewing is filtered through a lens of personal knowledge, experience and prejudice that might not refer to anything to do with art, let alone the artist. Individual responses can be complicated and often contrary to what an artist might expect.It's the same with writing. As an occasional essayist and diarist, I try to choose my words as carefully and as expressively as possible. But they're still prone to misinterpretation.It doesn't bother me a bit.Whatever I create, I want it to be able to stand on its own. When I first conceive a series of paintings, I write a few words to describe what I'm setting out to do and why but this is as much for my own understanding as for others. I'm not offering myself up for a discussion or interrogation. Similarly, my writing is not an invitation to converse with me.
I'm OK with whatever response my work provokes. If some don't 'get' it the way I intended, I don't care. I can't mediate, let alone negotiate, everyone's reactions. Even my own are mutable. By the time I've finished a series of works or posted words online, I've moved on and my mind is elsewhere – sometimes, it has changed completely.
The way I see it, my job is to decide what I want to put out there. The rest is up to...well, you.