* The irony of this post may be overwhelming to certain people. Please use extreme caution. Do not listen to Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic” while reading.
I have always felt the devastating sense of uncaring when attempting to communicate with others. Despite the prejudiced truth I believe to be behind my aforementioned, and currently mentioned, words, I cannot help but insist to my mouth that an audience will not listen, even if it is consisted of my closest crowd. Perhaps most would describe this as timidity, introversion, shyness, or even apathy, but my bias mind would have me agree that it is merely realism. I would be inclined to agree with you if you thought this was actually pessimism, but after over 20 years of theory, practice, and application in the field, I have found this to be true: those who actively engage in conversation are much more interested in their turn to speak than listening to what you have to say. This idea may seem cliche, at least to those familiar with the notion, but do not let that taint the accuracy of it.
Let us give a toast to those who not only know this to be true, but fall victim to this regularly, for those people are the ones who turn their attention to creativity; specifically the arts. Brains are an open container: they are filled with everything from the outside and inside, and when they have to stay inside instead of exiting through speaking or acting, the brain overflows. When you see an original painting, those paint strokes are the unspoken words to a friend. When you hear piano notes ringing in your ears, those are the sounds of unheard compliments to a lover. When you read lines of creative fiction, those are the unexpressed non-fiction words to a family member. So when you inspect a work of art, listen to what is being said, either implicitly or explicitly, because those thoughts and emotions did not come from nothing.
The difficulty comes when attempting to return to the creator, as they will deny it wholeheartedly. They have distanced themselves from their own work and use it symbolically, not personally. Do your best to comprehend the meaning, then adapt your relationship accordingly. Best of luck to artists and their contemporaries.