"Artistic expression is intrinsically subjective. What makes art, in any medium, so compelling to me is that everyone can see something different in the same source material. (…that concept is how Rorschach got its name.) The things that move one audience member deeply, may leave another cold and vice versa. I am keenly aware of the absurdity of trying to "judge" art--whether it's via a theatre critic, the Helen Hayes awards, or the Source Festival selection process. There is no truly objective approach…because such a thing doesn't exist in art. And it shouldn't.
When I'm reviewing readers' input, I'm always struck when I come across two perspectives that are aggressively divergent. And that moment reminds me that there is never a "right" answer in these things. It reminds me that just because I am moved by a play, it doesn't mean everyone else will be. To all of us making art, there is always an audience out there for our work. Whether it's been selected/awarded/reviewed the way we'd like it to be--for every person out there who's rejected it, there's someone else out there who loves it, or will love it when they discover it."