Sometimes I get asked if my art has some sort of a message or even more commonly does it mean something? I guess it's a question to be expected when you're making abstract, non-representational work. Whenever I think about what kind of message could be expressed through my work (or other people's abstract work) one of my favorite quotes comes to mind:
"Whereas the writer has to use the shared language of speech, every artists uses his own self-invented visual language." - Henri Matisse
This visual language each artist invents is, I believe, the message of their artwork. I also believe that just by looking at the painting you should be able to get the message, by reading that visual language you should be able to understand what the painting means. No additional explanations by artists themselves, art critics or curators should be needed. A painting should speak directly to you. I think what very often confuses people (especially when it comes to abstract art) is that they're trying to understand a painting through logical, rational mind, they are trying to analyze it somehow. But, reading visual language is not a mental process (like for example reading written words, reading a book) it's an intuitive one. Abstract art speaks to us through intuition, on emotional level and it's best to approach it with an open heart rather than with sharp mind. And that's something I hope others would do when looking at my work as well, approach it with their open hearts, feel into my it and let it whisper to them on an intuitive level. That subtle feeling they experience while looking at my paintings, whatever it is- is the message of my art.