This is how it normally goes — someone sees one of our artworks, and the first thing they ask me is “what is the artist trying to say?”. What I really think you should be asking is, “what do I see in this piece?”.
Maybe it’s the way art was taught to us in school — we mostly learnding about the era in which artists were active (was it before or after the renaissance? Was it during the early 1900s?), what was their motive, and what was their technique. This might have led us into putting the artist on a pedestal, as in what they were thinking about and how they created the artwork should be at the center of the discourse. But think about it, YOU are the one looking at it, collecting it (possibly), and hanging in your home. Then wouldn’t it be as important what YOU see in the artwork?