Yeah. Of course as Marja-Leena’s comment suggests, the artists in many cases are pressured into making statements by the people who put on exhibitions. It’s strange to me because poets must continually struggle against the perception, fostered largely by English teachers, that poems are puzzles to be solved. No, we say: a poem is an attempt to find the single best way of communicating a given insight! I should think it’s the same way with any other work of art.

That said, it can be interesting to learn where an author or artist is coming from – ideally in non-academic language.